No. 23 Duke (5-3-1) at No. 10 Virginia (6-0-2)
October 5, 2018 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Charlottesville, Va. | Klöckner Stadium
- Friday features another top 25 ACC matchup between No. 23 Duke and No. 10 Virginia. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., on ACC Network Extra. Fans can watch on WatchESPN.com or via the ESPN app.
- Tickets for the game range in prices from $5-$8.
DUKE – VIRGINIA BY THE NUMBERS
8 – Goals for Daniele Proch in seven games, three more than he had in 20 games in 2017 and the second most in the ACC
8 – Of the previous 11 meetings between Duke and Virginia that have finished either 1-0 or in a scoreless draw
1.91 – Combined goals scored per game average between the Blue Devils and Cavaliers since 2008
98 – Shots taken by the Blue Devils in the past four games, 24.5 per game
87 – Shots allowed by Virginia in its eight games this season
17.22 – Shots per game for Duke, the most in the league and fifth nationally
10.9 – Shots per game average for Virginia’s opponents this season
3 – Goals allowed by Duke in the first half this season
2 – Goals allowed by Virginia in all of 2018
13 – Goals allowed by the Blue Devils in the second period
3 – Goals for rookie Ian Murphy in his four starting assignments
- Duke and Virginia meet for the 90th time in the two programs’ storied histories. The Cavaliers hold a narrow 41-39-9 edge in the series and are 5-3-3 since 2008.
- The Blue Devils own the most recent win, a 1-0 victory in Durham last season. Duke’s last win in Charlottesville was in 2009, also a 1-0 triumph.
CLOSE CALLS AND LOW SCORES
- The Duke-Virginia matchup is almost guaranteed to be a low scoring and close affair. Only one of the previous 11 meetings has been decided by more than a single goal, a 4-2 ACC Tournament victory in 2008.
- Eight of the past 11 outings have been either a 1-0 decision or scoreless draw. The three games with more than a goal were a 4-2 win for the Cavaliers and a pair of 2-2 draws.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
- Duke looks to climb back into the win column Tuesday night against Wofford. The 23rd-ranked Blue Devils are 5-3-1 overall and 1-2-0 in ACC play.
- Daniele Proch leads all scorers with eight goals, while Ian Murphy has three. 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. Duke has eight different players with at least one goal.
- 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 1.65 goals against average and a .651 save percentage.
- Off the bench, Duke has the strongest it’s been in recent memory with a wealth of talent ready to step in. Daniel Wright has been solid off the bench and in two starting assignments, netting a goal and two assists in the past two games. Seth Kuhn, a starter in the first five games, has been a spark off the bench as have been Kristofer Gardarsson and Conor Kelly. Nicolas Macri can step in and provide a punch offensively.
LAST TIME OUT
- Four different Blue Devils scored goals and eight had at least one point as 23rd-ranked Duke earned a 4-2 victory over Wofford Tuesday night. Brandon Williamson, Daniele Proch, Daniel Wright and Ian Murphy all scored for Duke.
LAST TIME WE MET
- Daniel Wright scored in the 77th minute and the Blue Devil defense held off a talented Virginia offense to post the 1-0 shutout victory over the No. 13 Cavaliers in Durham last season. It was the first victory over Virginia since 2009. Will Pulisic had two saves to post his seventh shutout of the season.
PROCH’S IMPROVED 2018 SCORING
- Junior forward Daniele Proch is having a strong 2018 with eight goals in the first nine 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 six of the nine games this season.
- His eight goals are three more than the five he scored in 20 games last season. His 0.89 goals per game average is tops in the league and ninth nationally, while the 1.89 points per game average is also second in the ACC and 15th in Division I soccer. He is one of 19 Division I players to have at least eight goals this season.
- Virginia enters Friday night’s ACC matchup as one of seven unbeaten teams in Division I soccer. The Cavaliers are 6-0-2 overall and 2-0-1 in ACC play and are coming off of a 2-1 victory over No. 22 Wright State Tuesday.
- Virginia has scored just 11 goals in its eight games and Cabrel Happi Kamseu has four of them. Joe Bell owns one goal and a team-best four assists. The Cavaliers are averaging 14.4 shots per game only four shots on goal per game. They have scored two goals in a each of the past four games after netting only three in the first four games.
- Defensively is where the Cavaliers excel, allowing only two goals all season for a league-best 0.24 goals against average. Colin Shutler leads the charge in goal with a .938 save percentage to lead the country and is averaging 3.75 saves per game.
ON THE ROAD
- Duke heads to Virginia for the third of four ACC road trips. The Blue Devils fell to Louisville and Wake Forest in the first two.
- 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.
- Overall on the road, Duke is 26-39-9 under head coach John Kerr and 10-16-3 in non-conference road games.
ACC ON THE ROAD
HIGH SCORING BLUE DEVILS
- Duke has scored at least three goals in five of the nine games this season and has four twice. The five games with three-plus tallies are the most since 2011 when they did so six times, the most under head coach John Kerr.
- The Blue Devils have been shut out three times, going 0-2-1 in those outings. Duke has at least three goals in each of its five victories.
DUKE DEFENSE BY THE HALVES
- Duke has stifled opponents in the opening half, allowing just three goals this season. Opponents are averaging just 4.6 shots and 1.89 shots on goal per first half this season.
- The second half has not been as kind to the Blue Devils as they have allowed 13 goals and are letting opponents take seven 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 Wayne and Loyola Marymount 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.
- Duke returns home to host Campbell, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. It is the first of Duke’s final Tuesday night non-conference games.