Duke (7-2-1) vs. Elon (3-6-1)
October 3, 2017 | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
SETTING THE SCENE
Duke welcomes Elon to Koskinen Stadium for a 10th straight meeting between the two teams. The Blue Devils are looking to rebound from a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Louisville, while the Phoenix is in search of its first win since Sept. 8.
DUKE – ELON BY THE NUMBERS
.353 – Elon’s goals against average, the third lowest in the nation
2.00 – Duke’s scoring offense, ranked 21st nationally
5 – Of the previous seven games between Duke and Elon that have gone into overtime with Duke going 2-0-3
7 – Shutouts for Elon goalkeeper Matthew Jegier, second most among all goalkeepers nationally
3 – Games in next six days for Duke, with two coming on the road
15 – Division I teams, including Elon, that have either one or zero losses this season
72-25-15 – Duke’s home record under head coach John Kerr
12 – Duke’s RPI in the first nationally-released rankings Monday
7.20 – Corner kicks per game for the Blue Devils, third in the ACC and fourth nationally
177 – Of the 6080 minutes Duke has played in the past three seasons in which Markus Fjørtoft has not been on the field
Duke and Elon are meeting for the 16th time and for the 10th straight year. The Blue Devils hold an 11-1-3 lead in the series and are 5-1-3 since 2008.
The games between the Blue Devils and Phoenix have been close affairs recently with five of the previous seven outings going into overtime. Duke is 2-0-3 in those games.
Elon’s lone win came in 2014, a 2-1 victory at Rudd Field.
DUKE OFF TO GREAT FIRST HALF OF 2017
With a 7-2-1 overall record, Duke is off to its best first half of a season since 2006 when the Blue Devils also started 7-2-1. The Blue Devils’ seven wins match the number they compiled all of last season.
Duke’s two ACC wins already match the total from 2016 and are two shy of tying a best of four under head coach John Kerr.
LAST TIME OUT
Duke outshot No. 8 Louisville 16-6, but couldn’t find the back of the net in a 1-0 setback at home. The loss was the first of the year at Koskinen for the Blue Devils.
Robert Moewes was excellent again in goal, making four saves and posting his second shutout of the season and 10th of his career. Matthew Jegier finished with three saves in the 98 minutes of action for the Phoenix.
LAST TIME WE MET
Brian White used a brilliant individual effort in the final minutes of the first overtime to lead the Blue Devils to the 1-0 victory at Elon last season. Brandon Williamson sparked the play with a ball out of the midfield.
The Blue Devils dominated action in the second half, outshooting the Cardinals 10-3 and had chances until the final seconds. Louisville scored in the 40th minute and held on to shut Duke out for the first time this season.
DUKE DEBUTS AT 12 IN RPI
Duke debuted at No. 12 in the first nationally released RPI rankings. The Blue Devils are one of seven ACC programs in the top 12 and they have games remaining against Nos. 4, 7 and 10.
|1.||Michigan St.||Big Ten||8-1-1|
|2.||North Carolina||Atlantic Coast||10-1-0|
|5.||Wake Forest||Atlantic Coast||10-1-0|
|7.||Notre Dame||Atlantic Coast||6-2-1|
|13.||Air Force||Western Athletic||8-1-1|
|14.||Ohio State||Big Ten||7-2-1|
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS
Duke finishes up its three game homestand Tuesday night against Elon. The Blue Devils are 7-2-1 overall, 6-1-1 at home and 2-0-1 in Tuesday night games.
Brian White headlines the offense with six goals and an assist for 13 points. His six tallies are one more than his total from 17 games last season and he is one point shy of tying last year’s points total. Daniele Proch has three goals and eight points overall in his first year as a Blue Devil and Markus Fjørtoft has contributed three goals as a center back. Outside back Carter Manley has a team-high three assists.
Will Pulisic is 7-2-1 in goal with a 1.07 goals against average and a .703 save percentage. He owns 26 saves and three shutouts in his 10 starts.
BUSY SIX DAYS FOR DEVILS
It’s a busy week for the Blue Devils as they play three games in six days with two of them coming on the road. Duke opens the stretch against Elon Tuesday night before traveling to Pittsburgh for an ACC contest Friday. The Blue Devils will head straight to the nation’s capital for a Monday afternoon matchup with No. 14 Georgetown.
Elon comes to Durham sporting a 3-1-6 overall record. Its lone setback came at UNC Wilmington by a 2-1 score. The Phoenix have not won a game since a 3-0 victory on Sept. 8 against High Point, going 0-1-5 in the past six outings.
Scoring has been a struggle for Elon this season, netting just nine goals in the 10 games. Ronni Mleczkovicz, Elijah Agu and Jaiden Fortune all have two goals and two assists apiece. The Phoenix have been shut out four times.
Defensively, Elon has been impressive in allowing just four goals in the 10 games and posting sevens shutouts. Matthew Jegier anchors the backline and sports a 0.35 goals against average and a .871 save percentage. He is averaging just 2.7 saves per game as Elon holds its opponents to under 10 shots per game.
AGU VS AGU
Tuesday night’s game will be a battle for bragging rights in the Agu household. Senior Elijah Agu is tied for the scoring lead for Elon, while younger brother Colby Agu comes off the bench for the Blue Devils in his sophomore season.
Elijah earned All-Region second team honors last season after scoring 11 goals and 23 points overall. His production has dropped off to just two and six, respectively.
DUKE IN MIDWEEK GAMES
Duke is playing its 66th midweek game under head coach John Kerr. The Blue Devils are 41-17-7 in games played Monday through Thursday for a .685 win percentage.
The Blue Devils have gone unbeaten in weekday games once, going 5-0-2 in 2011. Duke was 3-3-0 last season and is 2-0-1 this season.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Blue Devils feature a busy home schedule in 2017, playing at Koskinen Stadium 12 times. Duke is 6-0-1 this season. The Blue Devils didn’t play a true road game until Sept. 22 at Syracuse and finish the year with three out of the final four games coming at home. Duke’s lone non-conference road game will be at Georgetown Oct. 9.
Under John Kerr, Duke is 72-25-15 at home for a .710 win percentage. The Blue Devils’ best season was 2009, going 12-1-0 at home.
Markus Fjørtoft, Brandon Williamson, Carter Manly, Brian White and Cody Brinkman are marathon men for the Blue Devils as the five field players who have played in at least 90 percent of the team’s 925 minutes this season.
Fjørtoft and Williamson lead the way at 921, while Manley ias at 916. White has been on the field all but 36 minutes and Brinkman for all but 68.
Duke hit the road for two games in three days at Pitt and Georgetown. Kickoff at PItt is at 7 p.m., and 1 p.m. against the Hoyas.