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No. 14 Blue Devils Welcome Nebraska to Koskinen
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/05/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – A season-long five-game home stand comes to an end this week for the No. 14 Duke Blue Devils (4-1-1), as they open their final pair of non-conference games against the Nebraska Huskers (3-2-1) on Thursday, Sept. 6.

The match is set for a 7 p.m. ET start at Koskinen and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and fans can access the contests through or the ESPN app.

Thursday is the first time the two teams have met since 2003, when Duke claimed a 3-1 win in Chapel Hill. It’s the third meeting in Durham and first since the 1997 season, with Nebraska winning both.

Duke is riding a three-game winning streak coming into the final two non-ACC contests of the 2018 season. The Blue Devils have ramped up their play over the last week, outscoring opponents 7-1 and posting three shutouts in the process. Mackenzie Pluck and Taylor Racioppi lead the team with three goals each, while Brooke Heinsohn has been mainstay in goal, playing all 560:00 minutes and posting four shutouts, which is tied for first in the ACC and third in the country.

The Blue Devils close out their five-game home stand with a Sunday, Sept. 9 matchup against Old Dominion at Koskinen. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed through or the ESPN app.

No. 14 Duke Blue Devils (4-1-1)
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Nebraska Huskers (3-2-1)
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Game Day Info…

Thursday, September 6
No. 14 Duke vs. Nebraska – 7:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Live Stats
Durham, N.C.
Koskinen Stadium

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

No. 14 Duke vs. Nebraska ACC Network Extra Broadcast

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

No. 14 Duke vs. Nebraska Live Stats

Ticket Information…
Single game and season tickets are available for purchase for the 2018 Duke women’s soccer season. Tickets are $5 and groups of 10+ are $4 each. Ages two and under receive free admission. Season tickets are $85 and include all home games for men’s and women’s soccer. Tickets are on sale at, by calling 919-681-6767 or clicking the link below.

2018 Duke Women’s Soccer Ticket Information 

Game Day Promotions…
Thursday is Youth Soccer Night/Coaches Night Out at Koskinen. Coaches and teams wearing their club gear will receive free admission to the game. Fans will also receive a “Thursday Nights are for Futbol” drawstring bag while supplies last and can pick up the 2018 Duke women’s soccer poster.

DWS Chalk Talk: Soccer 101 Coming Up Sept. 6...
Before they take the field against Nebraska on Sept. 6, the Duke women’s soccer Blue Devils will host their inaugural Soccer 101: Chalk Talk with Head Coach Robbie Church at Koskinen Stadium on Skandalaris Pavilion. The event is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. ET on Skandalaris, with the Blue Devils’ showdown against the Huskers following at 7 p.m. For more information and to sign up, click the link below.

DWS Chalk Talk: Soccer 101 Information

Thursday, September 5High 92, Low 70; Mostly Sunny (10%)

Last Time Out…
After a scoreless first half, Mackenzie Pluck and Ella Stevens turned in second half goals to push the Blue Devils past Marquette to open up the 2018 Duke Nike Classic. Stevens assisted on the first goal, Pluck’s team-leading third score of the season. Stevens then scored later in the game, her first goal of the year. Freshman Marykate McGuire tallied her first assist of her career on Stevens’ goal.

The Blue Devils capped off the weekend with a 2-1 victory against Providence on Sunday. Taylor Racioppi tallied the game’s first goal before Marykate McGuire tapped in a free kick service from Karlie Paschall to put Duke up 2-0. The Friars were able to pull one back late, but could not even the score in the final moments of the match.

Thursday, August 23
No. 12 Duke def. Marquette, 2-0 (Recap | Stats | Photos)

Sunday, September 2
No. 12 Duke def. Providence, 2-1 (Recap | Stats | Photos)

A Blue Devil Win Would…

  • Give them their first winning streak against Nebraska in history
  • Be the program’s fourth-straight win
  • Be the first home win against Nebraska in program history (0-2-0)
  • Move Duke to 209-68-29 all-time in home matches
  • Improve them to 30-21-7 all-time against Big Ten opponents
  • Be the 386th victory in program history, moving them 14 away from reaching the 400 mark

In the Rankings...


United Soccer Coaches: 14th 
Soccer America: 18th
TopDrawerSoccer: 9th    

United Soccer Coaches: RV
Soccer America: NR
TopDrawerSoccer: NR   

2018 Blue Devil Leaders...

Points: Ella Stevens, 7
Goals: Mackenzie Pluck & Taylor Racioppi, 3
Assists: Ella Stevens, 5
Shots: Marykate McGuire, 18
Shots On Goal: Kayla McCoy & Marykate McGuire, 8
Game-Winning Goals: Mackenzie Pluck, 2
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.48
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 22
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .880

2018 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…

  1. Mackenzie Pluck (Unassisted) vs. No. 23 Ohio State – Aug. 16, 2018 (47:02)
  2. Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens) vs. No. 23 Ohio State – Aug. 16, 2018 (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)

    Scouting the Huskers...

Nebraska is 3-2-1 entering Thursday’s match, but have lost its last two matches to No. 18 Washington State, 1-2, and Baylor, 0-6. Savanah Uveges leads NU with three goals and eight points on the year, while Uveges and Brenna Ochoa both top the squad with two assists. Aubrei Corder is the mainstay in goal for the Huskers, playing in 537:53 minutes, making nine saves and allowing 10 goals (1.67 GAA).

The Series with Nebraska...

Overall: Nebraska leads, 3-1-0
In Durham: Nebraska leads, 2-0-0
First Meeting: Nebraska def. Duke, 3-1 (Sept. 8, 1996 in Durham, N.C.)
Current Streak: Duke, +1

Stevens Among the DWS Assists Elite...
With her two assists over the weekend, Ella Stevens cracked the top five on Duke’s all-time assists list. She now has 22 for her career, which ties her for fifth in DWS history with Imani Dorsey (2014-17), Carolyn Ford (2002-05) and Laura Weinberg (2010-13).

Her five assists this year make her one of the best in the category this season, standing second in the ACC and fourth nationally in total assists, while her 0.83 assists/game clip is second in the ACC and 14th nationally.

Stevens isn’t the only Blue Devil making waves in the record books, as senior Kayla McCoy is a goal away from breaking into Duke’s all-time scores chart. She currently sits at 27 and with her next score will tie former Blue Devils Caitlin Connolly (1989-92), Carolyn Riggs (2002-05) and Kaitlyn Kerr (2010-13) for 10th all-time.

Blue Devils Starting to Heat Up…
It was a slow start to the year for Duke, only tallying three goals, giving up three and going 1-1 in the first two matches. That tide has turned in the last four contests, as the Blue Devils have tallied seven goals and posted a trio of shutouts in the process.

Since allowing two goals to Illinois, the Blue Devils have elevated their defense to one of the nation’s best. Duke’s four shutouts are tied for third in the ACC and its .667 shutout percentage is third in the conference and 23rd nationally. It’s save percentage stands at .889, which is good for second in the league and 25th in the NCAA.

Brooke Heinsohn has been key behind that defensive surge, standing tops in the ACC and third in the nation with four shutouts. She is also top 50 with a .880 save percentage (39th) and .482 GAA (42nd).

Pluck Growing into an Offensive Threat…
On one of the most youthful squads in Duke history, it only seems right that a freshman is making an early impact. Freshman Mackenzie Pluck is tied for the team lead with three goals in 2018, two of those being game winners. Her trio of scores stand top 10 in the ACC, while the two game-winning goals are tied for tops in the ACC and stand 15th in the country.

Next Up…
The Blue Devils close out their five-game home stand with a Sunday, Sept. 9 matchup against Old Dominion at Koskinen. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed through or the ESPN app.

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”.