DURHAM, N.C. – Back-to-back top 25 victories and a seven-match winning streak have the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils (7-1-0) as one of the nation’s hottest teams heading into conference play. As the Blue Devils prepare to open their ACC slate against Virginia Tech at home this weekend, it’s time to take a look back at last week and the 2017 season as a whole with the fifth edition of the 2017 DWS Weekly Notebook.
The Blue Devils reeled off consecutive top 25 wins over the last week, including a dominating 4-0 victory at No. 3 West Virginia on Friday. Imani Dorsey put in the game’s first goal, extending her goal-scoring streak to six-straight matches to tie a school record. Kat McDonald tallied her first-career goal to put Duke up 2-0 at the half. Kayla McCoy earned her third-career two-goal performance, scoring two in the second half to put the nail in the coffin. EJ Proctor also recorded her second-straight shutout in the process and tallied a season-high five saves.
Monday night provided even more excitement, as the Blue Devils played from behind for the first time this season to earn a 2-1 comeback victory at Koskinen against No. 21 Utah. Kayla McCoy put in the tying goal in the 82nd minute and Rebecca Quinn followed with the game winner just 45 seconds later to seal Duke’s second-straight top 25 win.
Friday, Sept. 8
No. 11 Duke def. No. 3 West Virginia, 4-0 (Recap, Stats)
Monday, Sept. 11
No. 11 Duke def. No. 21 Utah, 2-1 (Recap, Stats)
Sunday, Sept. 17
No. 4 Duke (7-1-0) vs. Virginia Tech (6-1-1) – 2:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Blue Devils Remain At Home To Kick Off ACC Play…
It’s time for ACC action at Koskinen Stadium, as Duke opens up conference play Sunday afternoon against the Virginia Tech Hokies. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET and will be streamed on ACC Network Extra, which fans can access through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
DWS In The News…
- Duke women’s soccer rallies in final 10 minutes against Utah for seventh straight win (The Chronicle)
- Duke women's soccer routs No. 3 WVU on the road to avenge 2016 losses (The Chronicle)
- Blue Devils jump seven spots to No. 4 in latest top 25 (United Soccer Coaches)
- Blue Devils in at No. 3 in the week four TDS Top 25 (TopDrawerSoccer.com)
- Dorsey earns back-to-back TDS Team of the Week honors (TopDrawerSoccer.com)
- Duke moves up to No. 6 in Soccer America Top 25 (SoccerAmerica.com)
Blue Devils In The ACC & NCAA Statistical Standings…
|Category||Stat||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|Shots Per Game||17.00||4th||32nd|
|SOG Per Game||7.75||5th||52nd|
|Goals Against Average||.622||6th||41st|
|Corner Kicks Per Game||5.75||6th||60th|
|Category||Stat||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|Goals Per Game||0.75||3rd||32nd|
|Points Per Game||1.63||3rd||43rd|
|SOG Per Game||2.25||5th||23rd|
|Shots Per Game||3.50||7th||61st|
|Goals Per Game||0.63||5th||64th|
|Points Per Game||1.50||6th||59th|
|Goals Against Average||.723||6th||63rd|
|Shots Per Game||3.63||6th||52nd|
Leading The Blue Devils…
Points: Imani Dorsey, 13
Goals: Imani Dorsey, 6
Assists: K. McCoy, T. Racioppi & E. Stevens, 2
Shots: Taylor Racioppi, 29
Shots On Goal: Imani Dorsey, 18
Game-Winning Goals: Chelsea Burns & Imani Dorsey, 2
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.40
Saves: EJ Proctor, 13
Save Percentage: EJ Proctor, .765
2017 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…
- Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens & Imani Dorsey) at No. 6 North Carolina – Aug. 18, 2017 (24:46)
- Kayla McCoy (Taylor Racioppi) vs. Xavier – Aug. 20, 2017 (16:17)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Xavier – Aug. 20, 2017 (73:10)
- Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) vs. Xavier – Aug, 20, 2017 (89:40)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Bucknell – Aug. 25, 2017 (44:15)
- Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy & Taylor Racioppi) vs. Bucknell – Aug. 25, 2017 (51:22)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (14:45)
- Kayla McCoy (Unassisted) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (21:14)
- Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (61:42)
- Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) vs. UNCW – Sept. 1, 2017 (38:55)
- Ella Stevens (Unassisted) vs. Auburn – Sept. 3, 2017 (23:59)
- Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy) vs. Auburn – Sept. 3, 2017 (55:12)
- Imani Dorsey (Rebecca Quinn) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (28:27)
- Kat McDonald (Unassisted) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (37:44)
- Kayla McCoy (Schuyler DeBree) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (52:27)
- Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (62:09)
- Kayla McCoy (Taylor Mitchell) vs. Utah – Sept. 11, 2017 (81:11)
- Rebecca Quinn (Unassisted) vs. Utah – Sept. 11, 2017 (81:56)
Blue Devils Welcome Virginia Tech To Bull City For ACC Opener…
Duke ended non-conference play riding one of the hottest streaks in the country. The Blue Devils have won seven-straight matches and defeated No. 3 West Virginia on the road and No. 21 Utah at home. Now Robbie Church’s squad will look to keep their momentum rolling against the Hokies on Sunday.
Duke is 9-5-1 all-time against Virginia Tech, including winning last year’s contest in Blacksburg, 4-0. However, the Hokies have captured three of the last four meetings between the teams.
Top Five, Top Five, Top Five…
Duke’s hot streak has caught the nation’s attention, as it went soaring up the polls. The biggest jump came in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25, where the Blue Devils moved up seven spots to No. 4 in the country. Duke also raised up five spots to No. 6 in the Soccer America poll and three places to No. 3 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings.
Tuesday's United Soccer Coaches ranking is the highest since Oct. 18 of last season when the Blue Devils came in at No. 4 in the then NCSAA Top 25. Duke’s No. 6 spot in the Soccer America poll is the highest since late October of last season (No. 6 on Oct. 25).
Blue Devils Reel In Weekly Awards…
The successful weekend meant a number of awards coming in for the Blue Devils. For her shutout performance at No. 3 West Virginia and season-high five saves to go with it, senior EJ Proctor was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week. It’s the third weekly honor of the Wilson, N.C., native’s career, as she earned DPOTW honors Sept. 1, 2015 and Oct. 11, 2016.
Fellow senior Imani Dorsey also pulled in some accolades, as for the second time in as many weeks she earned a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week. She also was recognized as the Duke Student-Athlete of the Week for her efforts on the field, which included the game-winning goal against the third-ranked Mountaineers.
Monday Night Thriller At Koskinen…
With their backs against the wall and less than 15 minutes remaining in the match, the Blue Devils mounted a big-time comeback Monday night to take down No. 21 Utah, 2-1. A goal at the 48:56 mark gave the Utes a 1-0 lead and had Duke trailing in a contest for the first time this season. Then the clock hit the 82nd minute and everything changed.
On a beautiful cross into the box from freshman Taylor Mitchell came a Kayla McCoy header into the back of the goal that tied things up at 1-1. The junior’s third goal in the last two games had everyone thinking overtime until 45 seconds later. There redshirt senior Rebecca Quinn fought off Utah defenders and caught the keeper sleeping with a rocket shot from about 25 yards out to give the Blue Devils the 2-1 lead it needed to capture victory.
First Meetings, First Wins…
With Monday night’s win, the Blue Devils have swept all three of their first-time opponents for the 2017 regular season. Along with the 2-1 comeback victory against Utah, Duke defeated Xavier, 3-1, and Bucknell, 2-0, in its other battles against first-time opponents.
Snapping Streaks In Morgantown…
Friday night’s shutout win in Morgantown did more than give the Blue Devils revenge for a pair of losses last season, including a heartbreaker in the NCAA quarterfinals. Duke also delivered West Virginia its first home loss in regulation since Aug. 29, 2014 (43-straight match streak), when the Blue Devils shut out the Mountaineers 2-0.
Blue Devils In The Record Book…
Several members of the 2017 DWS squad are made their way up the rankings in the Duke record book. Here’s where they stand heading into week five.
1. EJ Proctor (2014-Present) – 0.77
2. Allison Lipsher (2004-07) – 0.87
3. Tara Campbell (2009-12) – 0.91
4. Robbie Coveleskie (1988-91) – 0.92
5. Cassidy Powers (2005-08) – 1.03
1. Melissa Carr (1992-95) – 320
2. Tara Campbell (2009-12) – 302
3. Allison Lipsher (2004-07) – 265
4. Thora Helgadottir (2000-03) – 248
5. Isis Dallis (1997-2000) – 243
6. EJ Proctor (2014-Present) – 166
1. Melissa Carr (1992-95) – 34.0
2. Allison Lipsher (2004-07) – 33.0
3. Tara Campbell (2009-12) – 30.0
4. EJ Proctor (2014-Present) – 23.7
5. Thora Helgadottir (2000-03) – 16.0
1. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) – 20
2. Casey McCluskey (2001-04) – 17
3. Elizabeth Redmond (2006-09) – 14
T4. KayAnne Gummersall (2006-09) – 11
T4. Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-13) – 11
T6. Laura Weinberg (2010-13) – 10
T6. Sherrill Kester (1996-99) – 10
T6. Katherine Remy (1992-95) – 10
T9. Imani Dorsey (2014-Present) – 9
T9. Kim DeCesare (2010-13) – 9
T9. Ande Melde (1994-97) – 9
T9. Caitlin Connolly (1989-92) – 9
13. Kelly Cobb (2011-14) – 8
T14. Kayla McCoy (2015-Present) – 6
T14. Ella Stevens (2016-Present) – 6
T14. Toni Payne (2013-16) – 6
T14. Kasey Truman (1997-99, 2001) – 6
T14. Mollie Pathman (2010-13) – 6
Most Multi-Goal Games
1. Casey McCluskey (2001-04) – 10
2. Laura Weinberg (2010-13) – 8
3. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) – 7
4. Kim DeCesare (2009-13) – 6
T5. Elisabeth Redmond (2006-09) – 5
T5. Caitlin Connolly (1989-92) – 5
T7. Sherrill Kester (1996-99) – 4
T7. Mollie Pathman (2010-13) – 4
9. Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-13) – 4
T10. Kayla McCoy (2015-Present) – 3
T10. Kelly Cobb (2011-14) – 3
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