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Duke Earns No. 3 Seed; Hosts Quarterfinal Sunday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/28/2018
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DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke men’s soccer team earned the No. 3 seed in the upcoming ACC Championship and will host a quarterfinal game Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils will play the winner between No. 6 seed Virginia and No. 11 seed Pittsburgh.

Ticket prices remain the same as the regular season and the game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

Duke finished the ACC regular season with a 5-3-0 record to finish third with 15 points. The five wins are the most since the 2006 squad went 5-2-1. The third-place finish is the best since 2011 when the Blue Devils also earned the No. 3 seed in the postseason tournament.

A win over Virginia Tech Friday night clinched the first-round bye for Duke for the second consecutive season. The Blue Devils also own ACC victories over Virginia, Boston College, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.

Virginia hosts Pittsburgh in the first-round game, Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. The winner advances to come to Durham to take on the Blue Devils. Wake Forest earned the top seed and North Carolina the second, while Louisville secured the final first-round bye.

Duke enters the 2018 ACC Championship with a 19-26-4 overall record in tournament play and a 3-4-1 mark as the No. 3 seed. The Blue Devils advanced past Clemson in penalty kicks in 2011 before falling to Boston College in the semifinals. Overall, Duke is 3-8-0 against Virginia in postseason play and could face Pittsburgh play for the first time.  

Headlining the Blue Devil offense is junior Daniele Proch with 11 goals and four assists for 26 points. Rookie Issa Rayyan has contributed four goals and three assists, including both goals against the Hokies Friday. Classmate Ian Murphy has three goals and three assists. As a team, Duke is averaging 15.13 shots per game and 1.94 goals per game.

Defensively, Duke recently posted its fourth shutout with a 2-0 win at Virginia Tech. Sophomore goalkeeper Will Pulisic anchors the effort and owns a 1.24 goals against average and a .667 save percentage. The Blue Devils are allowing opponents just 9.81 shots per game.

The winner of Sunday’s game advances to the semifinal to play the winner between North Carolina and Syracuse or Virginia Tech. The semifinal games are set for Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

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