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No. 11 Duke Set for ACC Road Battle at Clemson
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/12/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – It’s back on the road for the No. 11 Duke Blue Devils (10-2-2, 4-1-1 ACC), as they take on the Clemson Tigers (9-5-0, 4-2-0 ACC) Saturday at Historic Riggs Field in Clemson, S.C.

The contest is set for a 5 p.m. ET start and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com or through the ESPN app.

Duke will be looking to snap a two-game skid to the Tigers, with its last win against Clemson coming on Sept. 27, 2012, a 3-0 victory in Durham. The Blue Devils’ last win at Clemson was a 2-0 victory on Sept. 25, 2011.

Saturday’s contest features a pair of teams coming in off back-to-back wins. Duke took down Wake Forest in a thrilling 3-2 victory, followed by a 2-0 shutout of Virginia Tech to wrap up a perfect week at home. The Blue Devils have won nine of their last 11 games and has either won or tied 15 of their last 16 ACC regular season matchups.

Once Saturday’s matchup is in the books, the Blue Devils will return to Koskinen for the final two home contests of the 2018 regular season. Duke hosts Louisville on Thursday, Oct. 18 (7 p.m.), followed by a Sunday, Oct. 21 showdown with No. 8 Boston College for Senior Day. Thursday’s match will be broadcast on Fox Sports South, while Sunday’s game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

No. 11 Duke Blue Devils (10-2-2, 4-1-1 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

Clemson Tigers (9-5-0, 4-2-0 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results 

Game Day Info…

Saturday, October 9
No. 11 Duke vs. Clemson – 5:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Live Stats
Clemson, S.C.
Historic Riggs Field

Live Broadcast…
Saturday’s contest between the Blue Devils and the Tigers will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed by clicking the link below, going to WatchESPN.com or using the ESPN app.

No. 11 Duke at Clemson ACC Network Extra Broadcast

Live Stats…
Clemson will provide live statistics for Saturday’s matchup. Live stats can be found by clicking the link below.

No. 11 Duke at Clemson Live Stats

Ticket Information…
Admission to Saturday’s game at Historic Riggs Field is free.

Weather…

Saturday, October 13High 73, Low 54; Sunny (0%)

Last Time Out…
The Blue Devils reeled off back-to-back ACC victories last week at Koskinen, taking down Wake Forest and Virginia Tech for wins three and four of the conference season. Kayla McCoy tallied the first two goals on Thursday against Wake before the Demon Deacons tied it up. A Kat McDonald header of an Ella Stevens free kick in the final minute pushed Duke to a 3-2 victory.

Sunday saw McCoy pick up her third goal of the weekend to give Duke a 1-0 advantage in the second half. Karlie Paschall reeled off a rocket of a free kick in the final moments of the contest to seal the 2-0 victory.

Thursday, Oct. 4
No. 17 Duke def. Wake Forest, 3-2 (Recap | Stats | Photos)

Sunday, Oct. 7
No. 17 Duke def. Virginia Tech, 2-0 (Recap | Stats | Photos)

A Blue Devil Win Would…

  • Improve their record against Clemson to 12-13-1.
  • Snap a two-game losing streak to the Tigers and be their first win against Clemson since Sept. 27, 2012 (3-0).
  • Be Duke’s first win at Clemson since Sept. 25, 2011 (2-0).
  • Give them a three-game winning streak and make them 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
  • Improve them to 3-0-2 on the road this season, with all wins coming in ACC play.
  • Be their 15th win in their last 17 ACC regular season games.
  • Give Robbie Church 317 career wins as a women’s soccer coach. He currently sits tied for 19th amongst active head coaches and tied for 28th all-time.
  • Be the 392nd victory in program history, moving them eight away from reaching the 400 mark.


In the Rankings...
 

Duke
United Soccer Coaches: 11th 
Soccer America: 11th
TopDrawerSoccer: 9th  

Clemson
United Soccer Coaches: RV
Soccer America: 24th
TopDrawerSoccer: NR  

2018 Blue Devil Leaders...

Points: Kayla McCoy, 21
Goals: Kayla McCoy, 8
Assists: Ella Stevens, 8
Shots: Kayla McCoy, 41
Shots On Goal: Kayla McCoy, 22
Game-Winning Goals: Kayla McCoy, 3
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.63
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 40
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .816

2018 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…

  1. Mackenzie Pluck (Unassisted) vs. #23 Ohio State - Aug. 16 (47:02)
  2. Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens) vs. #23 Ohio State - Aug. 16 (80:25)
  3. Taylor Racioppi (Kayla McCoy) vs. Illinois - Aug. 19 (15:06)
  4. Kayla McCoy (Taylor Mitchell) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (33:21)
  5. Mackenzie Pluck (Ella Stevens; Kayla McCoy) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (69:24)
  6. Marykate McGuire (Ella Stevens) vs. Elon - Aug. 26 (82:05)
  7. Mackenzie Pluck (Ella Stevens) vs. Marquette - Aug. 30 (67:29)
  8. Ella Stevens (Marykate McGuire) vs. Marquette - Aug. 30 (72:06)
  9. Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens; Kayla McCoy) vs. Providence - Sept. 2 (23:17)
  10. Marykate McGuire (Karlie Paschall) vs. Providence - Sept. 2 (36:08)
  11. Tess Boade (Kayla McCoy & Delaney Graham) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (58:34)
  12. Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (62:21)
  13. Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (82:20)
  14. Kayla McCoy (Marykate McGuire) vs. Old Dominion - Sept. 9 (2:01)
  15. Taylor Racioppi (Marykate McGuire) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (33:58)
  16. Marykate McGuire (Delaney Graham) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (39:54)
  17. Lily Nabet (Kayla McCoy & Karlie Paschall) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (55:26)
  18. Kayla McCoy (Karlie Paschall) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (71:13)
  19. Tess Boade (Mackenzie Pluck) at Miami – Sept. 20 (43:36)
  20. Taylor Racioppi (Karlie Paschall) at Miami – Sept. 20 (58:23)
  21. Kayla McCoy (Karlie Paschall & Marykate McGuire) vs. #4 Virginia – Sept. 23 (89:23)
  22. Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens) at #21 NC State – Sept. 27 (76:31)
  23. Kayla McCoy (Taylor Racioppi) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (2:46)
  24. Kayla McCoy (Kat McDonald) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (27:22)
  25. Kat McDonald (Ella Stevens) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (89:11)
  26. Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens & Kat McDonald) vs. Virginia Tech – Oct. 7 (66:54)
  27. Karlie Paschall (Unassisted) vs. Virginia Tech – Oct. 7 (85:50)


Scouting the Tigers...
Clemson enters Saturday’s match after reeling off back-to-back wins on the road, defeating No. 10 Florida State and Pittsburgh last week. The Tigers are led by Miranda Weslake and Mariana Speckmaier, who both have 13 points, six goals and an assist. Sandy MacIver has played 10 matches in goal for Clemson, allowing just six scores (0.59 GAA) and making 25 saves.

The Series with Clemson...

Overall: Clemson leads, 13-11-1
In Clemson: Clemson leads, 7-4-1
First Meeting: Duke def. Clemson, 2-0 (Sept. 23, 1994 in Durham, N.C.)
Last Meeting: Clemson def. Duke, 1-0 (Oct. 27, 2016 in Durham, N.C.)
Current Streak: Clemson, +2

Blue Devils Take on Clemson for First Time Since 2016…
Saturday’s matchup will be the first between the Blue Devils and the Tigers since the 2016 season and the first in Clemson since 2014. Clemson, who holds a 13-11-1 advantage in the series, has won the last two meetings, both by the score of 1-0. Duke’s last win against the Tigers came in 2012, a 3-0 victory in Durham. The Blue Devils last won at Clemson in 2011, a 2-0 triumph.

Blue Devils Heating Up as They Hit the Homestretch…
After reeling off a perfect 2-0-0 weekend at home, the Blue Devils improved to 10-2-2 on the year and 8-1-1 in their last 10 contests. The two conference victories give Duke 13 points in the ACC standings, two behind Boston College for second.

Home Sweet Home…
Koskinen Stadium has long been known as one of the toughest places to play in collegiate soccer and collegiate lacrosse. That has remained true lately for the Duke women’s soccer program, as the Blue Devils hold a 26-2-0 record in their last 27 home matches. That includes a perfect 15-0-0 home record last season, a school record, along with an 8-2-0 showing this season so far.

McCoy Keeps the Good Times Rolling…
There was no doubt that senior Kayla McCoy would be the Blue Devils’ offensive catalyst in 2018 and she hasn’t disappointed, especially as Duke hits the midway point of conference play. McCoy leads the team with 21 points (T3rd in ACC) and eight goals (T2nd in ACC) while her five assists are tied for second on the squad. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native has tallied one four-point and two three-point contests this season and has at least one in all but four matches in 2018. She has tallied a goal in four-straight contests, two shy of tying the program record, and at least one point in nine of the last 10 matches.

McCoy’s play has ramped up in conference action, as she has tallied six goals and an assist in six ACC contests. In ACC-only games, she leads the conference in points (13), points per game (2.17), goals (6), goals per game (1.00), shots (22) and shots per game (3.67).

Shutting Em Down…
While the Blue Devil defense is young, it has not stopped them from being some of the best in the country when it comes to shutting down opposing attacks. The Duke backline has produced eight shutouts this season, which is top 20 nationally and third in the conference. The Blue Devils’ .571 shutout percentage is also third in the conference and 24th nationally.

Duke has produced three of their shutouts in ACC play, tied for second amongst their conference foes. The three league clean sheets are also tied for eighth in the DWS record book. The record is eight, which was set last season.

Leading the Duke defense has been goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn, who is in her first year as a starter between the posts on the collegiate level. Heinsohn owns seven solo shutouts, good for third in the ACC and 14th in the ACC. After a 2-0 shutout of Virginia Tech on Sunday, Heinsohn lowered her goals against average to 0.63, placing her sixth in the league and 32nd in the nation.

Blue Devils One of the Nation’s Top Assists Teams…
With 29 assists so far this year, the Blue Devils have become one of the nation’s best when it comes to dropping dimes. Their 29 rank fourth in the ACC and 19th in the country. Leading the way is Ella Stevens, who has eight assists this season. Those eight are tied for second in the conference and eighth in the NCAA.

McCoy Continues Her Record Book Climb…
Senior Kayla McCoy has cracked a number of top 10 charts so far this season, including entering the top five in a number of records. With her three goals last week, she currently has 34 for her career, tying her with KayAnne Gummersall (2006-09) for fifth all-time. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) owns the program record with 47-career scores.

McCoy’s three game-winning goals this season has her career total now up to 13, putting her along at fourth on the DWS all-time list. She’s one shy of Elisabeth Redmond (2006-09) for third place and seven behind the record holder Walbert, who has 20.

The Duke senior forward also stands tied for fifth with five career multi-goal performances and sixth with 82 career points.

Stevens Among the DWS Assists Elite...
With her team-high eight dimes so far, Ella Stevens has cracked the top five on Duke’s all-time assists list. She now has 25 for her career, which ties her for fourth in DWS history with Kelly Walbert (1992-95). She is four from tying Mollie Pathman (2010-13) for third. Andi Melde (1994-97) holds the all-time record at Duke with 42.

Next Up…
Once Saturday’s matchup is in the books, the Blue Devils will return to Koskinen for the final two home contests of the 2018 regular season. Duke hosts Louisville on Thursday, Oct. 18 (7 p.m.), followed by a Sunday, Oct. 21 showdown with No. 8 Boston College for Senior Day. Thursday’s match will be broadcast on Fox Sports South, while Sunday’s game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

Social Media…
Fans can keep up with all things Duke women’s soccer by following the program on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for “DukeWSoc”. Behind-the-scenes content of women’s soccer and all Duke athletic programs can be found on Snapchat by following “dukeathletics”.

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