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Duke Opens Postseason Play Sunday Against Pitt
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Release: 11/03/2018
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No. 8 Duke (10-5-1) vs. Pittsburgh (8-10)

November 4, 2018 | 1 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium


ACC Network Extra | Live Stats | Twitter | Game Notes



  • The Blue Devils are the No. 3 seed and host Pittsburgh, which upset Virginia in the opening round, Sunday for a berth in the semifinals.
  • Ticket prices remain the same as the regular season at $5. Parking will be available in grounds parking lot directly off of Science Drive or Cameron Blvd.
  • The game will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.



26 – Points for Daniele Proch this season, second in the ACC and the most by a Blue Devil since Andrew Wenger’s 42 in 2011

30 – Points for Pitt’s Edward Kizza this season, the most in the ACC, fifth nationally and fifth in Panther history

8 – 10-win seasons for head coach John Kerr at Duke after the Blue Devils beat Virginia Tech Friday for win No. 10

19-26-4 – Duke’s record in the ACC Tournament

11 – Points for rookie Issa Rayyan in his 16 games, the most by a Duke freshman since Brody Huitema had 16 in 2013

3 – ACC Tournament titles - 1999, 2005, 2006

8 – Different Blue Devils with multiple goals this season, tied for the most among ACC teams

17 – First-half tallies scored by Duke this season, one more than they had in 20 games last season

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 19 players with at least five

282:03  – Total minutes Duke has trailed in 2018-19

6 – Duke’s RPI heading into Sunday’s game, one of seven ACC teams in the top 10



  • Duke enters into the 32nd ACC Championship as the No. 3 seed. The Blue Devils are 19-26-4 and have won the title three times with the most recent being in 2006.
  • Duke earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament for the sixth time and for the first time since 2011 when it advanced to the semifinals on penalty kicks against Clemson. Overall, Duke is 3-5-1 as the No. 3 seed.
  • The Blue Devils have played Virginia the most over the years, going 3-8-0 against the Cavaliers.



  • Duke finished the 2018 ACC regular season with a 5-3-0 ACC record. 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 have never won more than five in program history.



  • Duke looks to make a run in the ACC Championship Sunday when it hosts the quarterfinal game against Pittsburgh. The Blue Devils are 10-5-1 and looking for their first semifinal appearance since 2011 when they also were the No. 3 seed.
  • Daniele Proch leads all scorers with 11 goals and 26 points overall, while Issa Rayyan has four goals and three assists for 11 points. Ian Murphy and defender Matthias Frick have three goals apiece. Kristófer Garðarsson has been outstanding lately and has a team-best five assists. 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 four shutouts this season and 11 in his career and earned All-ACC third team recognition as a freshman. Currently he sports a 1.24 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 also can step in as dangerous offensive weapons.



  • Issa Rayyan registered a brace to lead the 14th-ranked Blue Devils to a 2-0 win over No. 18 Virginia Tech last Friday. The victory clinched a first-round bye and No. 3 seed for Duke. Daniele Proch provided the assists on both goals and Duke was outstanding defensively in posting its fourth clean sheet of the year.



  • The 14th-ranked Blue Devils scored three first-half goals to cruise to the 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Senior Night this season. Issa Rayyan, Max Moser and Nicolas Macri netted goals for the Blue Devils. Edward Kizza had Pitt’s goal, but the Panthers managed just three second-half shots after falling behind 3-0.



  • Duke and Pitt share five common ACC foes. Pitt went 1-5-0 in the six outings, while the Blue Devils went 3-2-0.
Opponent Duke Pittsburgh
Louisville L, 0-3 L, 0-1
Virginia W, 2-0 L, 0-2, W, 2-0
Virginia Tech W, 2-0 L, 1-3
Notre Dame W, 3-2 L, 0-1
North Carolina L, 0-1 L, 1-2 (2OT)



  • Junior forward Daniele Proch is having an outstanding 2018 with 11 goals and 26 points in 16 games. He has scored a goal in nine and a point in 10 of the 16 games this season. He scored in five straight games  at one point, one of seven Division I players to do so this season.
  • His 11 goals are six more than the five he scored in 20 games last season and are the most since Andrew Wenger had 17 in 2011. Proch needs three more to tie for 11th in Duke single-season history and is four shy of moving into the top 10.
  • One of the nation’s top scorers, Proch’s 0.69 goals per game average is second in the league and 22nd nationally, while the 1.63 points per game average is second in the ACC and 22nd in Division I soccer. He is one of 30 Division I players to have double digit goals this season.
  • His 26 points overall are the most by a Blue Devil since Andrew Wenger had 42 in 2011.


Consecutive Games with a Goal

Gms Player School Goals
6 Phillip Goodrum UNCW 7
6 Yazeed Matthews Coastal Carolina 9
6 Benji Michel Portland 6
5 Jake Rudel Saint Mary’s 7
5 Andre Shinyashiki Denver 14
5 Daniele Proch Duke 5
5 JJ Williams Kentucky 5



  • Freshman Issa Rayyan is having a memorable rookie campaign. The rookie speedster tallied a brace at Virginia Tech to give him 11 points on the season. He matches Suniel Veerakone’s 11 points as a freshman in 2016. Brody Huitema had 16 in his first year in 2013.



  • Pittsburgh comes to Durham with an 8-10 overall record after upsetting Virginia 2-0 in the opening round. The Panthers are making their second trip to Durham this season, losing 3-1 in October.
  • Edward Kizza paces the offense with 15 goals and 30 points overall. Both totals are the most in the ACC and in the top five nationally. He currently ranks fifth at Pitt in single-season points and was responsible for both goals in Charlottesville Wednesday and had the lone goal against the Blue Devils in the regular season meeting.
  • Defensively, Pitt is allowing 1.39 goals per game and 9.8 shots per game. Wednesday’s shutout was its fourth of the year and first against an ACC opponent. Johan Penaranda has started 16 games and has a 1.35 goals against average and a .625 save percentage. He is averaging 2.19 saves per game and is credited with three clean sheets.



  • Duke has scored 17 first-half goals this year, three of which came against Pittsburgh, and have led at halftime seven times. The 17 tallies are the most in the opening 45 since having 19 in the 2011 campaign. Duke had 16 a year ago in 20 outings.
  • The Blue Devils’ fast starts have allowed them to play with a lead. Duke has come back from trailing twice this season - a 4-2 win over Wofford and a 3-2 victory over Notre Dame. They trailed a total of 24:43 in those games. Overall this season, Duke has trailed for a total of 282:03.



  • The winner Sunday advances to play in the semifinals against either No. 2 seed North Carolina or Virginia Tech The game will be played at the highest remaining seed’s home field. The championship game will be held Nov. 11 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.










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