DURHAM, N.C. – Duke travels to Louisville for a top-10 ACC matchup Friday night on ACC Network Extra. The contest between the fourth-ranked Blue Devils and 10th-ranked Cardinals gets underway at 6 p.m. from Louisville’s Trager Stadium - the site of the 2018 NCAA Championship.
The Blue Devils are winners of five straight contests while the Cardinals have put together four consecutive wins. Head coach Pam Bustin’s squad has claimed four consecutive road contests heading into the trip.
Tynan Earns Second ACC Weekly Honor
Senior forward Rose Tynan received weekly accolades from the ACC for the second time this season Tuesday, earning a nod as the conference’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week. A vice captain from Auckland, New Zealand, Tynan notched the game-winning goal in two Duke victories last weekend. She had the lone tally in a 1-0 shutout of No. 18 Virginia and put the Blue Devils ahead of No. 22 Old Dominion for good in the 37th minute of Sunday’s road matchup. Tynan surpassed the 40-goal mark for her career against the Monarchs.
This week, Tynan ranks second in the conference in points per game (2.07) and third in goals per game (0.86).
Blue Devils Push Win Streak to Five
Duke extended its win streak to five straight contests with a 5-1 victory at No. 22 Old Dominion Sunday. Senior forward Rose Tynan scored twice to lead the Blue Devils to their 11th win of the season.
Last fall, Duke won six straight contests in September before putting together a seven-game streak in October.
Defense Records Fifth Shutout Against Virginia
The Blue Devils collected their fifth shutout of the season in a 1-0 defeat of Virginia last Friday in Durham. It marked the squad’s second shutout in ACC play. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Sammi Steele recorded the 16th shutout of her career.
Last year’s squad posted seven shutouts in 21 contests, including a 5-0 victory over ACC opponent Louisville during the regular season.
2018 Shutouts – Shots Allowed
Oct. 5 – W, 1-0 vs. No. 18 Virginia – 9
Sept. 30 – W, 8-0 at Appalachian State – 4
Sept. 14 – W, 2-0 at No. 12 Syracuse – 0
Aug. 31 – W, 4-0 vs. No. 12 Northwestern – 4
Aug. 24 – W, 4-0 vs. No. 22 William & Mary – 3
No. 4 Duke at No. 10 Louisville
Friday, 6 p.m. l Louisville, Ky. – Trager Stadium
ACC Network Extra l Live Stats
The Blue Devils lead the all-time series with the Cardinals, 10-4, and are winners of three of the last four contests in the series. Duke posted a 5-0 shutout against Louisville last September in the regular season meeting between the squads, with four different Blue Devils scoring in the win. Defensively, Duke limited the Cardinals to just two first-half shots and two penalty corners. Louisville countered with a 3-2 overtime shootout victory in the semifinals of the 2017 ACC Championship.
Duke head coach Pam Bustin spent 13 seasons (1998-2010) as Louisville’s head coach prior to coming to Durham. Bustin is 3-2 against her former program.
Louisville also enters Friday’s matchup on a win streak with four consecutive victories. Head coach Justine Sowry’s squad dispatched Michigan State, 4-1, in its last outing Sunday to improve to 10-3 on the fall. The Cardinals sit right behind Duke in the ACC standings with a 2-2 ledger in conference play.
Louisville ranks second in the ACC in goals against average (1.22) behind the play of goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran, who owns a 1.17 goals against average and a .706 save percentage to go along with four shutouts. Offensively, the Cardinals are led by 16 points each from Bethany Russ (7g, 2a) and Erica Cooper (8g).
Louisville sophomore back Alli Bitting is the younger sister of Blue Devil senior Morgan Bitting.
The Blue Devils improved to 3-1 in conference play with a 1-0 shutout of Virginia last weekend. The program is 55-111-2 all-time in regular season ACC contests.