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Duke Looks to Bounce Back Tuesday Against Wofford
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/01/2018
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Game 8

Duke (4-3-1) vs. Wofford (1-6-1)

October 2, 2018 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium

 

ACC Network Extra | Live Stats | Twitter | Game Notes

 

ABOUT THE MATCHUP

  • Duke returns home Tuesday night to host Wofford. It is Military Appreciation Night, allowing first responders, military veterans, and immediate family free admission with a valid form of military or first responder identification.
  • Early arriving fans also can get a Duke camouflage headband from the marketing table at the entrance.

 

SERIES HISTORY

  • The Blue Devils and Terriers are meeting for just the third time and for the first time since 1999. Duke is 2-0-0 and has outscored Wofford 11-0 in the two games.

DUKE - WOFFORD BY THE NUMBERS

11 – Goals scored by Duke in the two meetings with Wofford

7 – Goals for Daniele Proch in seven games, two more than he had in 20 games in 2017 and the second most in the ACC

0.38 – Goals per game for Wofford heading into Tuesday night’s game, scoring just three in eight games

1.88 – Duke’s scoring offense, ranking second in the ACC

70 – Shots taken by the Blue Devils in the past three games combined

5 – Penalty kicks drawn by the Blue Devils this season tied with Purdue Fort Wayne for the most in the country

15.88 – Shots per game for Duke, the most in the league and 12th nationally

2 – Goals allowed by Duke in the first half this season

12 – Goals allowed by the Blue Devils in the second period

44-18-8 – Duke’s midweek record since 2008

6.88 – Shots on goal average for the Blue Devils, second in the ACC

5.63 – Shots on goal average for Wofford opponents

 

ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS

  • Duke looks to climb back into the win column Tuesday night against Wofford. The Blue Devils are 4-3-1 overall with the most recent win coming Sept. 21 against Boston College.
  • Daniele Proch leads all scorers with seven goals, while Kevin Feucht, Ciaran McKenna and Ian Murphy have two. Issa Rayyan has been outstanding on the flank, providing a team-best three assists. Fellow rookie Seth Kuhn has two assists to his name. Brandon Williamson is the engine to the midfield, while Max Moser is a threat from the right midfield.
  • Rookie Aedan Stanley has been anchoring the backline in the centerback 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 has one shutout this season and eight in his career and earned All-ACC third team recognition as a freshman. Currently he sports a 1.70 goals against average and a .650 save percentage.
  • Off the bench, Duke has the strongest it’s been in recent memory with a wealth of talent ready to step in. Seth Kuhn, a starter in five games, has been a spark off the bench recently as have been Kristofer Gardarsson and Daniel Wright. Nicolas Macri can step in and provide a punch offensively, while Conor Kelly has seen increased time in the two recent games. Colby Agu also has seen time up top.

 

LAST TIME OUT

  • Top-ranked Wake Forest scored three second-half goals to upend No. 15 Duke 4-2 Friday night. The two teams were tied 1-1 at half, with the Blue Devils scoring first, but the Demon Deacons capitalized three times in the second 45 to remain a perfect 10-0-0. Ciaran McKenna and Daniele Proch had the goals for Duke.

 

PROCH’S IMPROVED 2018 SCORING

  • Junior forward Daniele Proch is having a strong 2018 with seven goals in the first eight games. 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 Diego and repeat Team of the Week recognition. He has scored in five of the eight games this season.
  • His seven goals are two more than the five he scored in 20 games last season. His 0.88 goals per game average is second in the league and 15th nationally, while the 1.88 points per game average is also second in the ACC and 17th in Division I soccer. He is one of 24 Division I players to have at least seven goals this season.

 

ABOUT WOFFORD

  • Wofford comes to Durham for non-conference action in search of its second win of the season and the first since Sept. 2. The Terriers are 1-6-1 overall and have scored only three goals all season. They most recently fell to No. 20 Charlotte 2-0.
  • Three different players have a single goal, with Connor Donohue leading the way in points with three. The Terriers are averaging 9.5 shots per game and 3.75 on goal per outing.
  • In goal, Shane Berson has played the majority of minutes and owns a 1.95 goals against average and a .588 save percentage. He is making 2.5 saves per game and has two shutouts.

 

DUKE IN MIDWEEK GAMES

  • Duke is playing its 71st midweek game under head coach John Kerr and first of this season. The Blue Devils are 44-18-8 in games played Monday through Thursday for a .688 win percentage.
  • The Blue Devils have gone unbeaten in weekday games twice, going 5-0-2 in 2011 and 5-0-1 last season.

 

DUKE IN OPENING 45 MINUTES

  • Duke has stifled opponents in the opening half, allowing just two goal this season. Opponents are averaging just 4.75 shots and 1.75 shots on goal per first half this season.
  • The second half has not been as kind to the Blue Devils as they have allowed 12 goals and are letting opponents take 7.5 shots per second half.

 

DANGEROUS IN THE 18-YARD BOX

  • Duke, with shifty players such as Issa Rayyan and Daniele Proch, has earned five penalty kicks this season by drawing fouls in the 18-yard penalty box. The five are tied with Purdue Fort Way for the most in the country.
  • The Blue Devils have finished three of their five chances from the penalty spot with Daniele Proch scoring two of them.

 

UP NEXT

  • Duke continues its ACC road schedule at Virginia Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m., and can be seen on ACC Network Extra.

 

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