No. 14 Duke (9-5-1, 4-3-0) at No. 18 Virginia Tech (9-4-3, 3-3-1)
October 26, 2018 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Blacksburg, Va. | Thompson Field
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HOW TO FOLLOW
- Friday night’s regular season finale will be on ACC Network Extra, which can be found at WatchESPN.com or via the ESPN app
- Live Stats also will be available at GoDuke.com
DUKE – VIRGINIA TECH BY THE NUMBERS
11 – Goals for Daniele Proch in 13 games, tied for the most by a Blue Devil since 2011, second in the ACC and 12th nationally
7 – 10-win seasons for head coach John Kerr at Duke as the Blue Devils look to make it eight with a win Friday
2.60 – Goals per game average for Duke against Virginia Tech under head coach John Kerr
15.20 – Shots per game average for Duke, the highest in the league and 15th among Division I teams
15.20 – Shots per game allowed by Virginia Tech in 2018
8 – Different Blue Devils with multiple goals this season
72 – Saves this season by Mathijs Swaneveld, the most in the ACC and ninth nationally
6 – Goals allowed by Duke in the first half this season
5 – Game-winning goals for Daniele Proch, the most in the league, eighth nationally and one of 16 players with at least five
17-23-6 – Duke’s ACC road record since 2008
9 – Duke’s RPI heading into Friday night’s game, one of seven ACC teams in the top 10
7 – Virginia Tech’s RPI heading into Friday night’s game, one of seven ACC teams in the top 10
- Duke and Virginia Tech meet for the 20th time with the Blue Devils leading 12-3-4. Since 2008, Duke is 8-1-1 with the lone loss coming in 2016 in Blacksburg. Four of the eight wins have come by at least two goals, including last year’s 3-1 victory in Durham. Duke is 5-2-1 in Blacksburg.
DUKE IN ACC PLAY
- Duke takes a 4-3-0 ACC record into Friday night’s finale at Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils last won five conference games in 2006, going 5-2-1 to finish the regular season in a tie for first place. Duke has won five ACC tilts twice, but never won more than five in program history.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
- Duke looks to pick up win No. 10 overall and No. 5 in ACC play Friday night at Virginia Tech. The No. 14 Blue Devils are 9-5-1 overall and 4-3-0 in ACC play.
- Daniele Proch leads all scorers with 11 goals, while Ian Murphy and defender Matthias Frick have three apiece. Kristófer Garðarsson has been outstanding of late and has a team-best five assists. Issa Rayyan, Top Drawer’s No. 7-ranked rookie, owns three assists and regularly gives opposing defenses fits on the flank. Brandon Williamson is the engine to the midfield, while Max Moser is a threat from the right midfield and has two goals and two assists. Duke has 10 different players with at least one goal.
- Rookie Aedan Stanley has anchored the backline in the center back position. A captain, Ciaran McKenna and sophomore Matthias Frick man the wings on defense, and also provide threats on set pieces offensively. 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 in preseason. He has three shutouts this season and 10 in his career and earned All-ACC third team recognition as a freshman. Currently he sports a 1.32 goals against average and a .667 save percentage.
- Off the bench, Duke is the deepest it’s been in recent memory with a wealth of talent ready to step in. Garðarsson and Suniel Veerakone can provide an offensive spark off the bench, while Nicolas Macri and Colby Agu can step in and also are dangerous offensive weapons.
LAST TIME OUT
- Fifth-ranked North Carolina scored in the 56th minute en route to a 1-0 victory over No. 14 Duke Tuesday evening. The 1-0 win was the fifth for the Tar Heels this season and marked the fifth straight year the rivalry game has been decided by a single goal. Both Issa Rayyan and Nico Macri had shots on goal for Duke as the Blue Devils suffered its fifth shutout.
LAST TIME WE MET
- Duke scored a goal in each half and held Virginia Tech to just seven shots to score a 3-1 victory over the Hokies in its 2017 ACC opener. Brian White, Suniel Veerakone and Daniele Proch all had goals for the Blue Devils, while both White and Proch finished with a goal and an assist.
ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH
- The Hokies recently climbed back into the top 25 thanks to a 5-2 win over No. 16 Notre Dame last Friday. Virginia Tech is 9-4-3 overall and 3-3-1 in league play. It currently sits in sixth place in the league standings.
- Kristo Strickler paces the offense with eight goals and four assists for 20 points. Nico Quashie has five goals and 12 points for the Hokie offense that ranks 19th nationally with 2.06 goals per game. Virginia Tech has scored multiple goals in 10 games and is averaging 3.5 goals per game over the past four outings.
- Defensively, the Hokies are giving up 1.13 goals per game and 15.2 shots per game to their opponents. Mathijs Swaneveld sports a 1.05 goals against average and a .800 save percentage. He is averaging a league-best 4.5 saves per game.
ACC TOURNAMENT PROJECTIONS
- All 12 teams will participate in the ACC Championships, which open Oct. 31. The winners of each division, Wake Forest and North Carolina, are the top two seeds and the remaining 10 seeds are determined by the overall points regardless of division.
- A win over the Hokies will clinch a first-round bye for Duke in the ACC Tournament. The Blue Devils would finish with 15 points and would be either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed depending on the outcome of Wake Forest and Louisville. A tie for Duke coupled with a Virginia loss or tie to North Carolina also gives the Blue Devils a bye to the weekend.
- A Virginia win or tie coupled with a Duke loss will mean the Blue Devils have to play Oct. 31 in the opening round.
EAGLES OF DIFFERENT ERAS MEET FRIDAY
- Friday’s game also will pit a pair of American University graduates against each other as Duke’s Michael Brady and Virginia Tech’s Jeff Kinney put their alma maters aside.
- Brady, Duke Associate Head Coach, was a star for American, being named the NCAA Men’s Player of the Year by Soccer America in 1985. Kinney, the Hokie Associate Head Coach, played for the Eagles from 1999-2002 and helped American to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2001 and 2002.
- Brady returned to his alma mater as the women’s coach for eight seasons and overlapped with Kinney as a player. The now Duke coach led the Eagles to the 2002 Patriot League women’s title and Kinney helped American to the 2001 league crown.
BALANCED BLUE DEVILS
- Eight different Blue Devils have scored multiple goals. Junior Daniele Proch leads the way with 11, but the rest has been a balanced effort.
- Duke’s eight players with at least two goals are tied for the most with Syracuse, which also has eight players with two-plus tallies.
- Duke begins postseason play in the ACC Tournament either Oct. 31 or Nov. 4.