No. 2 Duke (3-0-0) at No. 7 Louisville (2-1-0)
September 9, 2018 | 2 PM | ACC Network Extra
Louisville, Ky. | Lynn Stadium
- Duke and Louisville are playing for the seventh time with the Cardinals holding a 4-1-1 advantage.
- Louisville won last season’s meeting 1-0 in Durham.
- Tickets for the game are $6 for general admission berm seating and $12 for all other seats.
- The game will be broadcast on ACC Network and can be watched via WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 – Duke’s ranking in the coaches’ poll after getting off to a 3-0 start
5 – Goals for Daniele Proch in three games, ranking third nationally
5 – Goals Proch had in all 20 games last season
3 – Consecutive ranked opponents coming up for the Blue Devils - No. 7 Louisville, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 20 Georgetown
103 – 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
3.33 – Goals per game average for the Blue Devils, the highest in the ACC and fourth nationally
19 – Division I teams, including the Blue Devils, that remain unbeaten and untied
10 – Division I teams that have scored more than 10 goals this season, with Purdue Fort Wayne leading the way with 14
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
FORMER BLUE DEVIL GREATS MEET
- Sunday’s match features a battle between two former Blue Devil greats in Louisville head coach Ken Lolla and Duke head coach John Kerr. Lolla, playing from 1980-83, was an All-ACC first team selection in 1980, 1981 and 1983. He garnered All-America second team recognition in 1983 and earned a spot on the All-Region first team in 1981 and 1983.
- Kerr was responsible for leading the Blue Devils to the school’s first NCAA title in 1986. He also won the Hermann Award and the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year honor en route to being the consensus national player of the year. He still ranks sixth in career goals, second in assists and third in points.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
- Duke opens ACC play ranked second nationally in the coaches’ poll and in the top seven of all four national ranking lists after a 3-0 start to 2018. The Blue Devils are coming off of a 4-1 win at San Diego and are one of 19 teams nationally to remain undefeated and untied.
- Daniele Proch leads all scorers with five goals, while Kevin Feucht has two. 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 provided his first assist at San Diego and is a constant threat from either side.
- 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’S SCORCHING START CONTINUES
- Junior forward Daniele Proch is off to an excellent start to 2018. After netting three goals in the opening weekend to earn College Soccer News Team of the Week honors, the Italy native tallied two more to lead Duke to the 4-1 at San Digeo and repeat on the Team of the Week. His five goals match the five he scored in 20 games last season and rank third nationally. His 1.67 goals per game average is second behind George Washington’s Oscar Haynes Brown with 2.33.
DUKE VS. LOUISVILLE 2017
- Louisville scored in the 41st minute and held off a furious second-half charge from the Blue Devils to earn a 1-0 victory in a top 20 matchup at Koskinen last season.
- Duke outshot Louisville 16-6 in the game, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
- Eight Blue Devils who played in the game return on the roster, including five starters. Nine Louisville players played in last season’s game, including six in the starting XI.
DUKE LOOKING FOR BETTER RESULT IN LOUISVILLE
- The last time Duke visited Lynn Stadium for the inaugural ACC matchup between the two teams, Louisville got off to a quick start and never looked back en route to a 5-0 victory.
- The Cardinals scored in the fourth and sixth minutes for the 2-0 lead and added one more before halfitme.
- Overall, Duke is 0-2 against the Cards in Louisville with the 2007 loss coming in the NCAA Tournament.
- Louisville is looking to rebound Sunday after a tough 3-0 defeat against in-state rival Kentucky. It was just the third loss for the Cardinals against the Wildcats in the previous nine matches. Kentucky scored in the fourth minute and held a 13-9 overall advantage in shots.
- The Cardinals own regular season wins over St. Bonaventure (2-1) and Georgia State (1-0). Louisville also beat preseason No. 2 Indiana in a scrimmage in August.
- Three different players have scored Louisville’s three goals. Geoffrey Dee and Kino Ryoskue both have a goal and an assist. The team’s 2017 leading scoring Tate Schmitt has one assist.
- Will Meyer has started the past two games for Louisville after Jake Gelnovatch got the nod in the season opener. Meyer sports a 1.50 goals against average and a .500 save percentage. He has three saves. Gelnovatch has stopped two shots and given up one goal.
DUKE IN THE POLLS
- Duke is peppered throughout the top 25 polls. The Blue Devils stayed put at No. 2 in the United Soccer Coaches poll after the win at San Diego. It is the highest Duke has been ranked since September of 2007 when it also was second. College Soccer News has Duke seventh and Soccer America has them sixth.
ACC ON THE ROAD
- Duke heads to Louisville for its first ACC regular season road trip. The Blue Devils defeated Syracuse and Pittsburgh on the road last season and tied at Notre Dame.
- The Blue Devils went 2-1-1 in ACC regular season road games in 2017, and in a testament to the difficulty of the league, have never won more than three ACC road games since 2008.
ACC ON THE ROAD
DUKE VS RANKED TEAMS
- Duke has seven teams currently ranked in the top 25 remaining on its schedule. The opener versus No. 20 FIU was the first time Duke had opened against a ranked opponent since hosting 20th-ranked Louisville in 2010.
- The Blue Devils captured four top 25 wins in 2017, the most by a Kerr team after they won three in 2015 and 2008.
RANKED OPPONENTS IN 2018
|Aug. 24||FIU||20||W, 3-1|
|Sept. 9||at Louisville||7||2 p.m.|
|Sept. 14||North Carolina||5||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 18||GEORGETOWN||20||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 29||at Wake Forest||1||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 5||at Virginia||10||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 12||NOTRE DAME||12||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||at Virginia Tech||21||7 p.m.|
- Ranked when Unranked 9-14-1
- Ranked when Ranked 8-14-3
- Unranked when Ranked 22-16-9
- Duke returns home to host No. 5 North Carolina in a rivalry match, Friday, Sept. 14. Kickoff is 5 p.m., and the game will be televised on RSN.