DURHAM, N.C. – After back-to-back top 25 victories, including shutting out No. 3 West Virginia in Morgantown, the Duke Blue Devils (7-1-0) soared seven spots to No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Tuesday.
The Blue Devils also made a big leap in Soccer America’s poll, moving up five spots to No. 6, while jumping three places to No. 3 in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s rankings.
Duke took down No. 3 West Virginia, 4-0, Friday night in Morgantown, snapping a two-match skid to the Mountaineers. The win also ended WVU’s streak of 43-straight home matches without a loss in regulation. Head coach Robbie Church and company closed out the week with a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory Monday night at Koskinen against No. 21 Utah. Duke received goals from Kayla McCoy and Rebecca Quinn in the final 15 minutes of play to erase the one-goal deficit and secure its seventh-straight win.
The Blue Devils’ current streak of victories is the longest since 2011 when Duke reeled off seven-consecutive triumphs.
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).
Along with Duke’s climb up the rankings, dominating performances on the field for senior Imani Dorsey have landed her on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week. This is the second-straight week that the Blue Devil forward earned the honor.
Dorsey tallied the game-winning goal in Friday night’s 4-0 victory with a shot from 22 yards out to the far right post. That score pushed her goal-scoring streak to six-straight matches, where it tied the school record set by Casey McCluskey in 2004. Despite being unable to keep her goal scoring going against the Utes, Dorsey recorded three shots (one on goal) and helped the Blue Devils keep the pressure on until the breakthrough in the late stages of the match.
The Elkridge, Md., native leads the Blue Devils with six goals and 13 points on the year. She currently leads the ACC and stands eighth in the NCAA in goals scored, while placing second in the conference and 17th nationally in total points. She also holds third place in the ACC in goals per game (0.75) and points per game (1.63), while coming in at fifth in the league and 23rd in the NCAA with 2.25 shots on goal per game.
Next up for the Blue Devils is ACC action, as Duke will host Virginia Tech Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. ET at Koskinen Stadium. Fans can catch the action on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
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