DURHAM, N.C. – Friday night in Morgantown, W.V., will be a battle between two of the hottest teams in the nation, as the 11th-ranked Duke Blue Devils (5-1-0) hit the road to take on the No. 3 West Virginia Mountaineers (4-1-0) at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be live streamed on Mountaineer TV. Fans can access the broadcast by going to www.wvusports.com.
Duke is coming off back-to-back shutouts last weekend, downing UNCW, 1-0, and Auburn, 2-0. The two wins secured the Blue Devils’ first 2-0 showing at the Duke Nike Classic since 2012. The Blue Devils are riding a five-match winning streak, the longest since reeling off five straight last season.
This is the fifth meeting between the Blue Devils and Mountaineers, with WVU owning a 2-1-1 advantage in the series. West Virginia has won the last two meetings, including a 1-0 triumph last year in the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Blue Devils will return home after the trip to Morgantown to host the 21st-ranked Utah Utes. Play is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET, with the match being live streamed on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
Match Day Info…
Friday, Sept. 8
No. 11 Duke (5-1-0) vs. No. 3 West Virginia (4-1-0) – 7:00 p.m. ET
Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium
Last Time Out…
The Blue Devils just keep on winning, as they defeated UNCW and Auburn in the Duke Nike Classic to up its winning streak to five-straight matches. Imani Dorsey tallied a goal in each game, moving her goal scoring streak to five-straight matches, while Ella Stevens contributed a spectacular free kick score in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat of SEC foe Auburn. Brooke Heinsohn recorded the shutout on Friday night, while EJ Proctor earned the clean sheet on Sunday.
Friday, Sept. 1
No. 13 Duke def. UNCW, 1-0 (Recap, Stats)
Sunday, Sept. 3
No. 13 Duke def. Auburn, 2-0 (Recap, Stats)
A Blue Devil Win Would…
- Tie the overall series at 2-2-1 and snap a two-match winning streak for the Mountaineers
- Give the Blue Devils a six-match winning streak, the longest since reeling off seven-consecutive wins in 2011
- Hand Duke its longest winning streak in regular season non-conference play since earning six straight from Sept. 2 - Sept. 22 of the 2005 season
- Put the Blue Devils at 6-6-1 against Big 12 opponents
In the Rankings...
Duke moved up to No. 11 in both the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) and Soccer America polls, while placing sixth in TopDrawerSoccer’s week four top 25. West Virginia is ranked third in all three polls.
In the final 2016 NCAA RPI, Duke finished at No. 12, with the Blue Devils’ five losses coming to No. 1 West Virginia, No. 13 Clemson, No. 15 Florida State and No. 17 Arkansas. The first RPI rankings of 2017 come out Sept. 18.
Scouting The Mountaineers...
West Virginia welcomes Duke to Morgantown looking for its fourth-straight win after defeating No. 1 Penn State and Wright State this past week. A total of eight different players have scored for the Mountaineers, with Michaela Abam leading the way with two scores. Rylee Foster has been WVU’s go-to keeper, allowing just three scores, tallying three shutouts and earning 14 saves in 465:15 minutes played.
The Series with West Virginia...
Overall: West Virginia, 2-1-1
In Morgantown: Tied, 1-1-0
Last Meeting: West Virginia def. Duke, 1-0 (NCAA Quarterfinals; Nov. 26, 2016 in Morgantown)
Current Streak: West Virginia, +2
Blue Devils In The ACC & NCAA Statistical Standings…
|Category||Stat||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|Shots Per Game||18.67||3rd||19th|
|SOG Per Game||8.33||5th||39th|
|Corner Kick Per Game||6.50||6th||35th|
|Goals Against Average||.663||6th||65th|
|Category||Stat||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|SOG Per Game||2.67||1st||8th|
|Goals Per Game||0.83||2nd||23rd|
|Points Per Game||1.83||3rd||38th|
|Shots Per Game||3.83||7th||46th|
|Goals Against Average||.849||10th||100th|
|Shots Per Game||4.17||5th||33rd|
|SOG Per Game||1.50||13th||139th|
|Shots Per Game||3.00||12th||130th|
Leading The Blue Devils…
Points: Imani Dorsey, 11
Goals: Imani Dorsey, 5
Assists: Kayla McCoy & Taylor Racioppi, 2
Shots: Taylor Racioppi, 25
Shots On Goal: Imani Dorsey, 16
Game-Winning Goals: Chelsea Burns, 2
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.40
Saves: EJ Proctor, 6
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .750
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)
Need To Know…
- It will be a Top 15 matchup in Morgantown, as No. 11 Duke enters Friday riding a five-match winning streak after shutting out UNCW and Auburn last weekend. Imani Dorsey scored in both contests, including Friday’s lone goal, and is riding a five-match goal scoring streak.
- Last Friday’s win was a milestone victory for Duke head coach Robbie Church, as that secured him his 200th victory as the leader of the Blue Devil women’s soccer program. He is the sixth active ACC head coach to reach the 200-win mark with his or her respective team.
- Leading the Duke attack will be Dorsey, who tops the team with five scores. That total is second in the ACC. Also providing some pressure on the offensive end is Taylor Racioppi, who leads the Blue Devils with 25 shots (3rd in ACC) and a 4.17 shots per game average (5th in ACC).
- On the defensive end for Duke has been the standouts of Chelsea Burns, Schuyler DeBree and Morgan Reid, as each have started all six contests and recorded three clean sheets so far this season. Reid has gone the distance in five matches this year, while DeBree has four such contests and Burns one.
- Duke’s 2017 season has provided with some extreme depth between the posts, as senior EJ Proctor and redshirt freshman Brooke Heinsohn have shared time in goal. Proctor has drawn four starts (318:12 minutes), while Heinsohn has two (225:00 minutes). Heinsohn leads the team with a 0.40 goals against average and Proctor is tops with six saves.
Dorsey’s Hot Streak Continues…
It’s been a fantastic start to the 2017 season for senior Imani Dorsey. The Elkridge, Md., native has collected a point in all six matches so far and has scored in a goal in five-straight games. That stretch is the longest since Casey McCluskey scored in six-straight contests in 2004. Through six games she is just two goals short of tying her career high for scores in a season (7 in 2015).
For her dominance last weekend, which included the game winner against UNCW, Dorsey landed on TopDrawerSoccer’s Team of the Week.
Proctor And Stevens Moving Up The Record Book…
After Sunday’s win, senior EJ Proctor and sophomore Ella Stevens made moves in the Duke career record book. Proctor upped her GAA to 0.78, which is tops in school history, while her 22 shutouts put her eight behind third place. Stevens recorded her sixth-career game-winning goal, moving her into a tie for 14th.
The G.O.A.T. Captures Win No. 200…
Last Friday’s win was more than just a mark in the win column for the Blue Devils. The victory gave head coach Robbie Church his 200th victory as the boss of Duke women’s soccer, a career that spans over 17 seasons with 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and two NCAA Finalist nods. With the win, Church becomes the sixth active ACC coach to capture 200 victories at his or her respective school.
Gibbons Closing In On #NCAAWOTY award…
Former Blue Devil standout Christina Gibbons moved another step closer to the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award on Wednesday, as she was named one of the Top 30 honorees for the award. A former NSCAA First Team All-American, Gibbons will now wait for the top 30 will be paired down to three from each division later this month, with the overall winner announced Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
Friday’s match will be streamed on Mountaineer TV, which can be accessed at www.wvusports.com. Fans can also access the broadcast by clicking the link below.
No. 11 Duke at No. 3 West Virginia Mountaineer TV Broadcast
West Virginia will provide live stats for Friday’s contest. Fans can access them through the link below.
No. 11 Duke at No. 3 West Virginia Live Stats
Monday, Sept. 11
No. 11 Duke (5-1-0) vs. No. 21 Utah (4-1-0) – 7:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
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