DURHAM, N.C. – After wrapping up the most successful month stretch in school history, the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils (11-1-0, 4-0-0 ACC) look to keep the good times rolling as they welcome NC State and No. 6 Florida State to Durham this week. As the Blue Devils aim to keep their program record 11-game winning streak going, it's time to take a look back at last week and the 2017 season as a whole with the eighth edition of the 2017 DWS Weekly Notebook.
The Blue Devils kept their winning streak going last week at Louisville, but endured a thriller of a match to do so in the process. Ella Stevens opened the scoring with her second score of the season to give Duke a 1-0 advantage. Louisville responded with the next two goals, putting Duke in a 2-1 hole with time winding down. Then came along Taylor Racioppi, who ended her goal drought with a score off a Kayla McCoy cross to send the game into overtime. It wasn’t until the second OT period that the game was decided, when a Duke cross deflected off several players and landed at the foot of Ashton Miller, who buried the shot and secured Duke’s 11th-straight win.
Friday, Sept. 29
No. 4 Duke def. Louisville, 3-2 [2OT] (Recap, Stats)
Thursday, Oct. 5
No. 4 Duke (11-1-0, 4-0-0 ACC) vs. NC State (8-3-1, 1-2-1 ACC) – 7:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Sunday, Oct. 8
No. 4 Duke (11-1-0, 4-0-0 ACC) vs. No. 6 Florida State (8-2-0, 3-1-0 ACC) – 1:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
DWS In The News…
- Ashton Miller scores game-winner as Duke survives overtime scare (The Chronicle)
- Blue Devils hold steady at No. 4 in latest poll (United Soccer Coaches)
- Duke at No. 4 in Soccer America Top 25 (SoccerAmerica.com)
Blue Devils In The ACC & NCAA Statistical Standings…
|Category||Stat||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|Goals Against Average||.575||2nd||24th|
|Points Per Game||6.33||2nd||32nd|
|SOG Per Game||7.83||3rd||32nd|
|Shots Per Game||15.92||5th||61st|
|Category||Stat||ACC Rank||NCAA Rank|
|SOG Per Game||2.18||2nd||15th|
|Goals Per Game||0.73||2nd||23rd|
|Points Per Game||1.64||3rd||28th|
|Shots Per Game||3.27||6th||83rd|
|Goals Per Game||0.50||8th||92nd|
|Points Per Game||1.25||10th||92nd|
|Goals Against Average||.620||2nd||30th|
|Shots Per Game||3.33||4th||76th|
Leading The Blue Devils…
Points: Imani Dorsey, 18
Goals: Imani Dorsey, 8
Assists: Ella Stevens, 4
Shots: Taylor Racioppi, 40
Shots On Goal: Imani Dorsey, 24
Game-Winning Goals: Chelsea Burns, 3
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.40
Saves: EJ Proctor, 23
Save Percentage: EJ Proctor, .793
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)
- Imani Dorsey (Rebecca Quinn) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (28:27)
- Kat McDonald (Unassisted) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (37:44)
- Kayla McCoy (Schuyler DeBree) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (52:27)
- Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens) at West Virginia – Sept. 8, 2017 (62:09)
- Kayla McCoy (Taylor Mitchell) vs. Utah – Sept. 11, 2017 (81:11)
- Rebecca Quinn (Unassisted) vs. Utah – Sept. 11, 2017 (81:56)
- Chelsea Burns (Penalty Kick) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (42:41)
- Ashton Miller (Imani Dorsey) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (50:49)
- Imani Dorsey (Karlie Paschall) vs. Virginia Tech – Sept. 17, 2017 (58:42)
- Own Goal at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (59:15)
- Imani Dorsey (Taylor Racioppi) at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (73:37)
- Malinda Allen (Schuyler DeBree, Ella Stevens) at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (75:13)
- Ashton Miller (Unassisted) vs. Pitt – Sept. 24, 2017 (38:37)
- Kayla McCoy (Ashton Miller & Ella Stevens) vs. Pitt – Sept. 24, 2017 (66:16)
- Ella Stevens (Unassisted) at Louisville – Sept. 29, 2017 (23:50)
- Taylor Racioppi (Kayla McCoy) at Louisville – Sept. 29, 2017 (74:18)
- Ashton Miller (Unassisted) at Louisville – Sept. 29, 2017 (102:11)
Just Keep Winning, Just Keep Winning…
With Friday night’s 3-2 overtime victory in Louisville, Duke women’s soccer extended their program record winning streak to 11-straight matches. 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.
No More Drought Against Louisville…
Before Friday night’s match, neither Duke or Louisville had ever tallied a goal in the previous four meetings. Four matches, four ties, presenting one of the most unlikely trends in the sport.
That all ended Friday, as Duke captured the first win in series history with a 3-2 victory. The only constant that remains? It took two overtimes to capture the win, continuing the streak that none of the five meetings between the two teams have ended in regulation.
Shutting It Down In September…
To say that the Blue Devils enjoyed the month of September would be a bit of an understatement. Duke went 8-0 during 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 was lights out on defense in that stretch, outscoring opponents 20-3 and shutting out six opponents, with five of those coming from senior EJ Proctor.
The stretch marked the first time in school history that the Blue Devils have swept through the month of September with a perfect record.
Chasing More History…
The Blue Devils have not just won a program best 11-straight games, they’ve also started a perfect 4-0 in conference play, defeating Virginia Tech, No. 18 Notre Dame, Pitt and Louisville. With a win on Thursday, the 2017 DWS squad can tie the school record for best conference start, set in 1997 when the Blue Devils began 5-0 in league play.
Top Five, No Debating…
Duke continues to be a mainstay in the top five of all polls heading into the eighth week of play. The Blue Devils moved up to No. 4 in the Soccer America rankings, putting them at fourth in all three polls (Soccer America, United Soccer Coaches, TopDrawerSoccer.com).
Blue Devils In The RPI…
The first official NCAA women’s soccer RPI was released two weeks ago, with Duke opening the year at No. 6. That is the highest Duke has begun a season in the RPI since starting out at No. 3 in the first rankings of 2011.
Duke moved up to No. 4 in the last batch of RPI rankings, released this Monday. Duke’s Thursday night foe, NC State, comes into the week at No. 40, while Florida State enters the weekend ranked 14th.
Miller Loving ACC Play…
Senior Ashton Miller has been off to a stellar start in ACC play, as the Blue Devil captain has scored three goals (two game winners) and tallied seven points through four conference matches. Her three scores tie a career high for goals in ACC play, while her two game winners (vs. Pitt, at Louisville) mark a new career best.
DeCesare Lands In The Netherlands…
Former Blue Devil standout Kim DeCesare is back on the field in the professional ranks, as the New York native signed with Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven in late September. DeCesare made her debut on Sept. 22 against Alkmaar, entering the match at the 46th minute. She tallied her first goal with her new squad after earning her first start on Sept. 29 against Achilles ’29.
Blue Devils In The Record Book…
Several members of the 2017 DWS squad are made their way up the rankings in the Duke record book. Here’s where they stand heading into week six.
1. EJ Proctor (2014-Present) – 0.76
2. Allison Lipsher (2004-07) – 0.87
3. Tara Campbell (2009-12) – 0.91
4. Robbie Coveleskie (1988-91) – 0.92
5. Cassidy Powers (2005-08) – 1.03
1. Melissa Carr (1992-95) – 320
2. Tara Campbell (2009-12) – 302
3. Allison Lipsher (2004-07) – 265
4. Thora Helgadottir (2000-03) – 248
5. Isis Dallis (1997-2000) – 243
6. EJ Proctor (2014-Present) – 176
1. Melissa Carr (1992-95) – 34.0
2. Allison Lipsher (2004-07) – 33.0
3. Tara Campbell (2009-12) – 30.0
4. EJ Proctor (2014-Present) – 26.7
5. Thora Helgadottir (2000-03) – 16.0
1. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) – 20
2. Casey McCluskey (2001-04) – 17
3. Elizabeth Redmond (2006-09) – 14
T4. KayAnne Gummersall (2006-09) – 11
T4. Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-13) – 11
T6. Laura Weinberg (2010-13) – 10
T6. Sherrill Kester (1996-99) – 10
T6. Katherine Remy (1992-95) – 10
T9. Kim DeCesare (2010-13) – 9
T9. Ande Melde (1994-97) – 9
T9. Caitlin Connolly (1989-92) – 9
T12. Kelly Cobb (2011-14) – 8
T12. Imani Dorsey (2014-Present) – 8
T13. Kayla McCoy (2015-Present) – 6
T13. Ella Stevens (2016-Present) – 6
T13. Toni Payne (2013-16) – 6
T13. Kasey Truman (1997-99, 2001) – 6
T13. Mollie Pathman (2010-13) – 6
Most Multi-Goal Games
1. Casey McCluskey (2001-04) – 10
2. Laura Weinberg (2010-13) – 8
3. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) – 7
4. Kim DeCesare (2009-13) – 6
T5. Elisabeth Redmond (2006-09) – 5
T5. Caitlin Connolly (1989-92) – 5
T7. Sherrill Kester (1996-99) – 4
T7. Mollie Pathman (2010-13) – 4
9. Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-13) – 4
T10. Kayla McCoy (2015-Present) – 3
T10. Kelly Cobb (2011-14) – 3
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