DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University men's soccer head coach John Kerr has announced the 2017 schedule that features 12 regular season home games. The Blue Devils will take on eight NCAA Tournament teams, including three NCAA quarterfinalists.
The Blue Devils will play 17 regular season games overall, two in August, and eight September and seven in October. They will travel just five times in 2017.
Duke will test itself during preseason with a trio of exhibition matches in August, hosting South Carolina Aug. 14 before traveling to take on Xavier and Indiana, Aug. 17 and 19, respectively. All three games will begin at 7 p.m.
John Rennie Nike Invitational | Aug. 25-27
The official 2017 campaign kicks off with the John Rennie Nike Invitational as Elon, Central Florida and Fordham visit Durham for games Aug. 25 and 27. Duke opens against Central Florida, marking the inaugural meeting between the two programs. That game will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Fordham, the reigning Atlantic 10 champions and NCAA Tournament qualifier, will cap the annual tournament Sunday, Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m. It will be the second meeting between the two teams, with Duke edging the Rams 2-1 in 1989.
Duke vs. High Point | Sept. 1 | 2 p.m.
The Blue Devils welcome the Panthers to Koskinen in the third game of the five-game homestand to start the season. It will be the 22nd meeting between the two programs and the first since 2010. Duke is 12-7-2 overall against High Point, including a 2-1 overtime win in 2010. The Panthers' last win over the Blue Devils came in 1941.
Duke vs. Presbyterian | Sept. 5 | 7 p.m.
Duke's first midweek contest will be against the Blue Hose of Presbyterian. The Blue Devils are 3-0 against Presbyterian, besting the Blue Hose in 2009, 2011 and 2012. They have sacrificed just one goal in those three contests.
Duke vs. Virginia Tech | Sept. 8 | 7 p.m.
The Blue Devils open ACC play with NCAA quarterfinalist Virginia Tech. The Hokies advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2016 and finished with a 13-5-4 overall record. Duke is 11-3-5 in the 19 previous meetings with Virginia Tech, dropping last year's contest 3-1 in Blacksburg. It was Duke's first setback to Virginia Tech since 2004.
Duke vs. North Carolina | Sept. 16 | WakeMed | TBA
The annual Duke and UNC rivalry is renewed on a Saturday night this year. The Blue Devils lost a hard-fought 2-1 battle to the Tar Heels in Durham last season and are 34-44-10 overall against the Tobacco Road rival. The game will be played at WakeMed Soccer Park as Fetzer undergoes renovations. Duke last defeated North Carolina 2-1 in 2014.
Duke vs. Wisconsin | Sept. 19 | 7 p.m.
The Big Ten's Wisconsin makes the trip south to visit the Blue Devils after finishing 2016 with an 11-4-4 overall record and a runner-up finish to Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers defeated Duke in the lone meeting between the two, a 1-0 win in the 1995 NCAA Tournament. It will be Duke's first Big Ten opponent since the Blue Devils played Indiana in 2008.
Duke at Syracuse | Sept. 22 | 7 p.m.
A trip up to Syracuse awaits the Blue Devils for their first true road game. Duke is 1-3 against the Orange and 0-3 since they joined the ACC. The two teams did not play last season and the Orange won the most recent meeting in Durham, 3-1.
Duke vs. Appalachian State | Sept. 26 | 7 p.m.
The Blue Devils will look to push their unblemished record against the Mountaineers to 21 with this midweek non-conference match. Duke defeated Appalachian State 2-0 in 2014, the lone meeting under Kerr, while the Mountaineers enter 2017 after going 5-9-4 and 1-3-1 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Duke vs. Louisville | Sept. 30 | 7 p.m.
Duke closes out the month of September against the Cardinals. Led by former Blue Devil Ken Lolla on the bench, Louisville is 3-1-1 against Duke, including the 2-1 victory in the 2015 ACC Championship. Louisville is coming off of a quarterfinal appearance where it lost to eventual NCAA Champion Stanford. The Cardinals finished last season 14-6-2 overall.
Duke vs. Elon | Oct. 3 | 7 p.m.
The always entertaining game between the Blue Devils and Phoenix is back in Durham this year and a couple weeks earlier than in previous seasons. The Blue Devils are 11-1-3 all-time against Elon with their previous two wins coming in thrilling fashion in overtime. The lone win by the Phoenix was a 2-1 triumph in 2014.
Duke at Pitt | Oct. 6 | 7 p.m.
A two-game road swing starts at Pittsburgh. The Blue Devils and Panthers tied 1-1 a season ago, but the overall series has been owned Duke with a 4-0-1 record. Duke is 2-0-0 in Pittsburgh, posting shutouts in 2013 and 2015.
Duke at Georgetown | Oct. 9 | 1 p.m.
The busy month continues in the nation's capital at Georgetown. It will be the first contest between the Blue Devils and Hoyas since 1994. Duke is 1-1-0 in the two games against the Hoyas with only one coming in the past 25 years. Georgetown is coming off of a 6-9-2 season after advancing to the NCAA Tournament in each of the four seasons prior.
Duke vs. Clemson | Oct. 13 | 7 p.m.
The ACC Championship runners-up visit Durham for the first time since 2012. The Blue Devils are 26-23-5 overall against the Tigers and are 4-2-2 since 2008. The last meeting came in 2015 in Clemson, a 3-1 victory for the Tigers. Clemson enters 2017 after another outstanding season, posting a 14-4-5 record and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Duke at Notre Dame | Oct. 20 | 7 p.m.
After getting a break from the midweek games, Duke heads to Notre Dame to finish the road schedule. The Blue Devils split a pair of contests versus the Fighting Irish last season, upsetting then No. 4 Notre Dame 2-1 in overtime in Durham before falling 3-2 in overtime in the ACC Tournament in South Bend. Overall, Duke is 3-7-0 against the Irish with Notre Dame winning six straight before the Blue Devils emerged victorious last season.
Duke vs. Delaware | Oct. 24 | 7 p.m.
The Blue Devils begin their final two-game homestand of the regular season with a midweek contest against Delaware. The Blue Hens are coming off of a 12-8-1 overall record and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016. They captured the Colonial Athletic Association title with a 2-1 win over Hofstra and lost just seven seniors to graduation. It will be the third matchup between the Blue Devils and Blue Hens. Duke is 2-0-0, including a 2-0 win in the 2012 John Rennie Nike Invitational.
Duke vs. Virginia | Oct. 27 | 7 p.m.
The Blue Devils finish their regular season slate with the perennially-tough Cavaliers. Duke is 37-41-9 overall against Virginia and is looking for its first win over the Cavaliers since 2009. The Blue Devils are 2-5-3 in the previous 10 outings against Virginia, including last year's 1-0 setback in Charlottesville. Virginia posted an 11-4-5 overall record and advanced to the NCAA third round last season.