No. 2 Duke (2-0-0) at San Diego (0-1-1)
August 31, 2018 | San Diego, Calif. | 11:30 p.m.
How to Follow
- Fans unable to make it to San Diego can watch the game on TheW.TV, the streaming service for the West Coast Conference. The contest is a premium game requiring a subscription, but a 7-day free trial is available.
- Live stats of the game also will be available via GoDuke.com as well as regular updates on Twitter throughout the game.
DUKE BY THE NUMBERS
2 – Duke’s ranking in the coaches’ poll after starting the season 2-0-0
3 – Goals for Daniele Proch after the opening weekend, ranking third nationally
5 – Goals Proch had in all 20 games last season
10 – Countries represented on Duke’s roster - Argentina, Austria, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Peru, Scotland and the United States
102 – Wins for head coach John Kerr at Duke, only the second Blue Devil men’s soccer coach to amass 100 career victories at the school
4.0 – Saves per game for Will Pulisic, the highest average in the ACC
63 – Division I teams, including the Blue Devils, that remain unbeaten and untied after opening weekend
2 – Division I teams that have scored more than six goals this season - Saint Mary’s (8), UNLV (7)
6 – Former Blue Devils currently on MLS rosters after Brian White signed a contract with the New York Red Bulls and made his debut Aug. 18 - Mike Grella, Sean Davis, Andrew Wenger, Sebastien Ibeagha, Carter Manley, White
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
- Duke heads to the West Coast ranked second nationally in the coaches’ poll and in the top 10 of all four national ranking lists after a 2-0 start to 2018. The Blue Devils bested No. 20 FIU 3-1 and Vermont 3-2 in overtime to win their third consecutive John Rennie Nike Invitational title. Four different Blue Devils netted goals, two of which came from penalty kicks.
- Daniele Proch leads all scorers with three goals, while Kevin Feucht netted his first career tally as a Blue Devil. Rookie Seth Kuhn has two assists to his name and has played all but five minutes at center midfield. Brandon Williamson is the engine to the midfield, while Max Moser, Issa Rayyan and Jack Doran are major threats on the flanks. Rayyan was outstanding last weekend, giving opposing defenses fits as he drew two penalty kicks.
- Rookie Aedan Stanley has been anchoring the backline in the center back position. A captain, Ciaran McKenna and sophomore Matthias Frick man the wings on defense. Will Pulisic is the leader from the back in goal. Fresh off of a strong rookie campaign, Pulisic was tabbed one of the top 11 goalkeepers by Top Drawer Soccer. He posted seven shutouts a year ago and earned All-ACC third team recognition.
- Off the bench, Duke has the strongest its been in recent memory with a wealth of talent ready to step in. Nicolas Macri, Sivert Daehlie and Colby Agu provide an offensive punch, while the talents of Torbjørn Alseth and Daniel Wright at midfield are available at any moment.
PROCH SHINES ON OPENING WEEKEND
- Junior forward Daniele Proch was excellent for the Blue Devils last weekend, netting three goals to earn College Soccer News Team of the Week honors. He netted the security goal Friday night in a 3-1 win over FIU and recorded the overtime game winner Sunday against Vermont. His three goals this season are two shy of his five in 2017.
DUKE vs. SAN DIEGO 2016
- Duke and San Diego are meeting for the second time in three seasons. The Toreros visited Durham in 2016 and came away with a 1-1 draw. The Blue Devils dominated the action, outshooting USD 22-6, including 10-2 in the second half, but needed a goal with 14 seconds remaining to secure the tie.
- Six current Blue Devils played in that game with Max Moser, Suniel Veerakone and Ciaran McKenna all starting. They played a combined 281 minutes.
- Seven Toreros saw action in Durham in 2016, including three who started.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO
- The Toreros are opening a new era with head coach Brian Quinn taking over the reins after 11 seasons as previous head coach Seamus McFadden moved into the assistant role.
- San Diego enters Friday night’s game with an 0-1-1 record after tying UC Irvine 0-0 on opening weekend and losing to UCLA 2-0 Tuesday night. The Toreros are still in search of their first goal of the season after averaging 1.29 per game last season.
- Miguel Berry, Aaron Frey and Henry Lander were named to the 2018 All-WCC Preseason Team and San Diego was picked to finish fourth in the league by the coaches. Berry led the team in points last season with five goals and five assists, while Lander helped anchor the backline to a 1.00 goals against average. Frey is back after being named the WCC Freshman of the Year. Matt Wiher started both games in goal and has not conceded a goal. Connor Hountalas came on for the Toreros in the first half and sacrificed two goals.
DUKE IN THE POLLS
- Duke is peppered throughout the top 25 polls. The Blue Devils recently jumped all the way to No. 2 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, the highest it has been since September of 2007 when it also was second. College Soccer News has Duke seventh and Top Drawer Soccer tabbed the Blue Devils No. 8. Duke is one of six ACC teams ranked in the top 25.
ON THE ROAD
- The Blue Devils’ contest at San Diego is one of two non-conference road games Duke will play this season. Duke is 24-37-9 overall on the road under head coach John Kerr and 9-16-3 in non-conference road games.
- The Blue Devils beat Georgetown on the road last season in their only non-ACC road game.
Non-Conference Road Record
- Duke opens ACC play at No. 9 Louisville Sept. 9. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.