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Taylor Racioppi
No. 4 Blue Devils Hit the Road to Face Louisville
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/28/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. – Riding a 10-game winning streak and looking to finish the month of September on a perfect note, the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils (10-1-0, 3-0-0 ACC) hit the road to take on the Louisville Cardinals (7-4-0, 1-2-0 ACC) Friday night at Lynn Stadium.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET in Louisville. There will not be a broadcast of Friday night’s match, but the Cardinals will provide live stats at www.GoCards.com.

Duke Blue Devils (10-1-0, 3-0-0 ACC)

Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

Louisville Cardinals (7-4-0, 1-2-0 ACC)

Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results

Match Day Info…

Sunday, Sept. 24
No. 4 Duke (10-1-0, 3-0-0 ACC) vs. Louisville (7-4-0, 1-2-0 ACC) – 7:00 p.m. ET
Louisville, Ky.
Lynn Stadium

Last Time Out…
The Blue Devils made history last week, starting with a 3-0 victory at No. 18 Notre Dame to set the school record for consecutive wins with nine straight. They would up that record to 10-straight victories the following Sunday when they defeated Pitt at home to the tune of 2-0.

An own goal on the Irish was the difference Thursday night, with Imani Dorsey and Malinda Allen tacking on the other two scores. Ashton Miller had the game-winning score Sunday afternoon, with Kayla McCoy adding the day’s second and final goal.

Thursday, Sept. 21
No. 4 Duke
def. No. 18 Notre Dame, 3-0 (Recap, Stats)

Sunday, Sept. 24
No. 4 Duke def. Pittsburgh, 2-0 (Recap, Stats)

A Blue Devil Win Would…

  • Give the Blue Devils a 11-match winning streak, the longest in school history (previous record was eight-straight wins in 2000).
  • Move Duke to a 4-0 start in ACC play for the first time since 1997.
  • Be the first win in the series history with Louisville for either side (0-0-4).
  • Improve the Blue Devils’ ACC record to 106-89-32.


In the Rankings...


Duke
United Soccer Coaches: 4th
Soccer America: 5th
TopDrawerSoccer: 4th

Louisville
United Soccer Coaches: NR
Soccer America: NR
TopDrawerSoccer: NR

Scouting The Cardinals...
Louisville will be looking to even its ACC record at 2-2-0 on Friday night. The Cardinals are led by Emina Ekic, who paces the team with six goals and 13 total points. Gabby Kouzelos has played and started in all 11 matches this year, playing in 959:17 minutes, allowing 12 goals and making 26 saves.

The Series with Louisville...

Overall: Tied, 0-0-4
In Louisville: Tied, 0-0-1
Last Meeting: Duke tied Pitt, 0-0 [2OT] (Sept. 22, 2016 in Durham)
Current Streak: None

Leading The Blue Devils…

Points: Imani Dorsey, 18
Goals: Imani Dorsey, 8
Assists: Ella Stevens, 4
Shots: Taylor Racioppi, 37
Shots On Goal: Imani Dorsey, 24
Game-Winning Goals: Chelsea Burns, 3
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.40
Saves: EJ Proctor, 21
Save Percentage: EJ Proctor, .840

2017 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…

  1. Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens & Imani Dorsey) at No. 6 North Carolina – Aug. 18, 2017 (24:46)
  2. Kayla McCoy (Taylor Racioppi) vs. Xavier – Aug. 20, 2017 (16:17)
  3. Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Xavier – Aug. 20, 2017 (73:10)
  4. Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) vs. Xavier – Aug, 20, 2017 (89:40)
  5. Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Bucknell – Aug. 25, 2017 (44:15)
  6. Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy & Taylor Racioppi) vs. Bucknell – Aug. 25, 2017 (51:22)
  7. Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (14:45)
  8. Kayla McCoy (Unassisted) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (21:14)
  9. Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) at Old Dominion – Aug. 27, 2017 (61:42)
  10. Imani Dorsey (Unassisted) vs. UNCW – Sept. 1, 2017 (38:55)
  11. Ella Stevens (Unassisted) vs. Auburn – Sept. 3, 2017 (23:59)
  12. Imani Dorsey (Kayla McCoy) vs. Auburn – Sept. 3, 2017 (55:12)
  13. Imani Dorsey (Rebecca Quinn) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (28:27)
  14. Kat McDonald (Unassisted) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (37:44)
  15. Kayla McCoy (Schuyler DeBree) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (52:27)
  16. Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (62:09)
  17. Kayla McCoy (Taylor Mitchell) vs. Utah – Sept. 11, 2017 (81:11)
  18. Rebecca Quinn (Unassisted) vs. Utah – Sept. 11, 2017 (81:56)
  19. Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (42:41)
  20. Ashton Miller (Imani Dorsey) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (50:49)
  21. Imani Dorsey (Karlie Paschall) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (58:42)
  22. Own Goal at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (59:15)
  23. Imani Dorsey (Taylor Racioppi) at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (73:37)
  24. Malinda Allen (Schuyler DeBree & Ella Stevens) at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (75:13)
  25. Ashton Miller (Unassisted) vs. Pitt – Sept. 24, 2017 (38:37)
  26. Kayla McCoy (Ashton Miller & Ella Stevens) – Sept. 24, 2017 (66:16)


Need To Know…

  • Looking for their first 4-0-0 start in ACC play since the 1997 season, the Blue Devils head to Louisville for a Friday night matchup at Lynn Stadium.
  • Duke has shut out its first three ACC opponents this year (3-0 vs. Virginia Tech, 3-0 at No. 18 Notre Dame and 2-0 vs. Pitt), the first time in program history it has ever accomplished the feat.
  • The Blue Devils have won a program record 10-straight matches. The previous record was eight-straight wins in 2000.
  • Duke has dominated in the month of September, going a perfect 7-0-0 while outscoring opponents 17-1 and earning six shutouts.
  • Leading the Duke attack is senior Imani Dorsey, who tops the team with eight scores and has recorded a point in nine of Duke’s 11 matches. Also providing some pressure on the offensive end is Kayla McCoy, whose second on the team with six goals and 14 points so far this season.
  • On the defensive end for Duke has been the standouts of Chelsea Burns, Schuyler DeBree and Morgan Reid, as each have started all 11 contests and recorded seven clean sheets. Reid has gone the distance in 10 matches this year, while DeBree has nine such contests and Burns four.
  • 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 nine starts (768:12 minutes), while Heinsohn has two (225:00 minutes). Proctor currently leads the ACC with a .469 goals against average and five shutouts, while standing top 20 nationally in both.


Looking For Win And Goal No. 1 Against Cardinals…
When Duke and Louisville take the field Friday night they will both be looking to end a scoring and winning drought since they first met in 2006. Neither side has managed to score a goal in four total meetings, leading to four-straight ties. The two sides have met the last three years, twice in Durham and once in Louisville. Both sides will be hoping the fifth time is a charm when it comes to that elusive first goal and win.

Just Keep Winning, Just Keep Winning…
With Thursday night’s 3-0 victory in South Bend, the 2017 edition of Duke women’s soccer set the school record for consecutive wins with nine straight. They then extended the streak to 10-straight matches with a 2-0 shutout of Pitt at Koskinen on Sunday. During the streak, Duke has defeated three ranked opponents, shut out seven foes and went 2-0 at its home tournament for the first time since 2012.


The Blue Devils’ .909 winning percentage is tops in the conference and fourth nationally.

Shutting It Down In September…
To say that the Blue Devils have enjoyed the month of September would be a bit of an understatement. Duke is 7-0 in the month, including wins against three ranked opponents (4-0 at No. 3 WVU; 2-1 vs. No. 21 Utah; 3-0 at No. 18 Notre Dame). Church’s squad has also been lights out on defense in that stretch, outscoring opponents 17-1 and shutting out six opponents, with five of those coming from senior EJ Proctor.

For the year, Duke’s .453 goals against average is tops in the ACC and 10th nationally, while its .636 shutout percentage is first in the league and 14th in the NCAA. On the offensive side, the Blue Devils lead the ACC with 26 total goals and a 2.36 scoring offense, ranking 14th and 24th in the nation, respectively.

Hot Start To ACC Play…
The Blue Devils have not just won 10-straight games, they’ve also started a perfect 3-0 in conference play, defeating Virginia Tech, No. 18 Notre Dame and Pitt. The Blue Devils are off to their best start in league play since the 2011 season when they made one of their three NCAA Finalist showings in school history.

To go along with the three wins has been the continued trend of Duke’s stifling defense. The Blue Devils have shut out each their first three ACC foes, marking the first time in history that Duke has started ACC play with three-straight clean sheets.

Dorsey’s Domination…
Senior Imani Dorsey has been nothing short of impressive in her final year as a Blue Devil. The Elkridge, Md., native leads the team with eight goals and 18 points, having tallied at least one point in nine of Duke’s 11 matches. Dorsey has been named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week three times so far this season and is only four goals from cracking the school’s single-season top 10 list and three from the career top 10.

Dorsey has also moved into the national spotlight on the stat sheet, as she is second in the ACC in total goals (8), total points (18), shots on goal per game (2.18) and goals per game (0.73) with each standing in the top 25 in the NCAA.

No Goal Zone: The EJ Proctor Story…
Shutouts have been the name of the game for senior EJ Proctor since she stepped on campus, as she is now up to 26 for her career, just four short of tying for third in school history. Her five clean sheets this season put her just three from cracking the single-season chart for the third time in her career. She also holds second and third on that list with 11.0 in 2015 and 10.0 in 2016, respectively.

The Wilson, N.C., native currently leads the ACC in goals against average (.469) and shutouts (5), while standing 15th and 17th nationally, respectively.

Top Five, No Debating…
Duke’s hot streak has caught the nation’s attention, as it went soaring up the polls last week. After jumping seven spots to No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 two weeks ago, the Blue Devils held strong at fourth in the rankings.

The Blue Devils also stayed at No. 5 in the latest Soccer America poll, while coming in at No. 4 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings.

Blue Devils In The RPI…
The first official NCAA women’s soccer RPI was released last week, with Duke opening the year at No. 6. That is the highest Duke has opened in the RPI since starting out at No. 3 in the first rankings of 2011.

Duke stayed put at No. 6 in the last batch of RPI rankings, released this Monday. Duke’s Friday night foe, Louisville, enters the weekend ranked 88th.

Live Coverage…
There will be no broadcast of Friday night’s match against the Cardinals, but Louisville will provide live stats for the contest. Fans can access them through the link below.

No. 4 Duke at Louisville Live Stats

Up Next…

Thursday, Oct. 5
No. 4 Duke (10-1-0, 3-0-0 ACC) vs. NC State (8-2-1, 1-1-1 ACC) – 7:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Durham, N.C.
Koskinen Stadium

Social Media…
For more information on Duke women’s soccer, follow the Blue Devils on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for “DukeWSoc”. You can also find all-access coverage of all Duke athletic programs on SnapChat by searching for “dukeathletics”.

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