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No. 5 Duke Opens ACC Tournament Versus No. 9 FSU
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/27/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The road to the 2018 ACC Tournament Championship starts Sunday at Koskinen Stadium, as the No. 5 and second-seeded Duke Blue Devils (14-2-2, 8-1-1 ACC) host the No. 9 and seventh-seeded Florida State Seminoles (12-4-2, 5-4-1 ACC) in a quarterfinal showdown.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast on through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.

The Blue Devils finished ACC play with an 8-1-1 record, landing the No. 2 seed in this year’s conference tourney. Over the last three seasons, the Blue Devils have accumulated 25 wins in ACC regular season action, the best three-year stretch in program history. Duke wrapped ACC play on Thursday with a 2-0 win at Notre Dame, as senior Taylor Racioppi recorded the second brace of her career, while Marykate McGuire contributed two assists.

If the Blue Devils are victorious on Sunday, they will face the winner of the No. 3 Virginia/No. 6 Louisville matchup. That contest will be Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. ET in Cary, N.C. That match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (14-2-2, 8-1-1 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

No. 9 Florida State (12-4-2, 5-4-1 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Statistics | Schedule & Results | Game Notes

Game Day Info…

Sunday, October 28
No. 5 Duke vs. No. 9 Florida State – 1:00 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
Live Stats
Durham, N.C.
Koskinen Stadium

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

No. 5 Duke vs. No. 9 Florida State ACC Network Extra Broadcast

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

No. 5 Duke vs. No. 9 Florida State Live Stats

Ticket Information…
Tickets are available for purchase for Sunday’s games, starting at $4. Ages two and under get in free. All tickets are general admission.

2018 ACC Tournament (Durham, N.C. Site) Ticket Info

Weather…

Sunday, October 28High 64, Low 49; Mostly Sunny (0%)

Last Time Out…
Behind a brace from senior Taylor Racioppi and a combined three assists from freshmen Marykate McGuire (2) and Mackenzie Pluck (1), the Blue Devils capped the 2018 regular season with a 2-0 victory at Notre Dame. Racioppi scored both in the second half for the second multi-goal game of her career. Brooke Heinsohn turned in five saves, a season high in ACC play, to give Duke its ninth shutout of the year.

Thursday, Oct. 25
No. 5 Duke def. Notre Dame, 2-0 (Recap | Stats)


A Blue Devil Win Would…

  • Improve them to 11-12-6 against the Seminoles and be their second-straight win versus FSU.
  • Give them their first win against Florida State in ACC Tournament play (0-3-1).
  • Be the second-straight year they have advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, a feat that has not been accomplished since reaching it every year from 2002-05.
  • Secure their first RPI Top 10 win of the season.
  • Move them to 29-2-0 in their last 31 games at Koskinen Stadium.
  • Give them a seven-game winning streak, tying their longest streak of the year.
  • Give Robbie Church 320 career wins as a women’s soccer coach. He currently sits tied for 18th amongst active head coaches and tied for 27th all-time.
  • Be the 396th victory in program history, moving them four away from reaching the 400 mark.


In the Rankings...
 

Duke
NCAA RPI: 10th
United Soccer Coaches: 5th  
Soccer America: 6th
TopDrawerSoccer: 6th   

Florida State
NCAA RPI: 6th
United Soccer Coaches: 9th
Soccer America: 14th
TopDrawerSoccer: 15th   

2018 Blue Devil Leaders...

Points: Kayla McCoy, 27
Goals: Kayla McCoy, 10
Assists: Ella Stevens, 10
Shots: Kayla McCoy, 51
Shots On Goal: Kayla McCoy, 28
Game-Winning Goals: Kayla McCoy, 4
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.71
Saves: Brooke Heinsohn, 51
Save Percentage: Brooke Heinsohn, .797

2018 Blue Devil Goal Tracker…

  1. Mackenzie Pluck (Unassisted) vs. #23 Ohio State - Aug. 16 (47:02)
  2. Taylor Racioppi (Ella Stevens) vs. #23 Ohio State - Aug. 16 (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)
  11. Tess Boade (Kayla McCoy & Delaney Graham) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (58:34)
  12. Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (62:21)
  13. Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Nebraska - Sept. 6 (82:20)
  14. Kayla McCoy (Marykate McGuire) vs. Old Dominion - Sept. 9 (2:01)
  15. Taylor Racioppi (Marykate McGuire) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (33:58)
  16. Marykate McGuire (Delaney Graham) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (39:54)
  17. Lily Nabet (Kayla McCoy & Karlie Paschall) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (55:26)
  18. Kayla McCoy (Karlie Paschall) at Syracuse - Sept. 16 (71:13)
  19. Tess Boade (Mackenzie Pluck) at Miami – Sept. 20 (43:36)
  20. Taylor Racioppi (Karlie Paschall) at Miami – Sept. 20 (58:23)
  21. Kayla McCoy (Karlie Paschall & Marykate McGuire) vs. #4 Virginia – Sept. 23 (89:23)
  22. Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens) at #21 NC State – Sept. 27 (76:31)
  23. Kayla McCoy (Taylor Racioppi) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (2:46)
  24. Kayla McCoy (Kat McDonald) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (27:22)
  25. Kat McDonald (Ella Stevens) vs. Wake Forest – Oct. 4 (89:11)
  26. Kayla McCoy (Ella Stevens & Kat McDonald) vs. Virginia Tech – Oct. 7 (66:54)
  27. Karlie Paschall (Unassisted) vs. Virginia Tech – Oct. 7 (85:50)
  28. Kat McDonald (Unassisted) at Clemson – Oct. 13 (47:44)
  29. Kayla McCoy (Tess Boade) at Clemson – Oct. 13 (54:37)
  30. Taylor Racioppi (Lily Nabet) at Clemson – Oct. 13 (76:21)
  31. Taylor Racioppi (Kayla McCoy & Ella Stevens) vs. Louisville – Oct. 18 (23:13)
  32. Karlie Paschall (Penalty Kick) vs. Louisville – Oct. 18 (79:40)
  33. Mackenzie Pluck (Kayla McCoy & Ella Stevens) vs. #11 Boston College – Oct. 21 (32:52)
  34. Kayla McCoy (Tess Boade) vs. #11 Boston College – Oct. 21 (84:28)
  35. Taylor Racioppi (Marykate McGuire & Mackenzie Pluck) at Notre Dame – Oct. 25 (46:58)
  36. Taylor Racioppi (Marykate McGuire) at Notre Dame – Oct. 25 (66:14)


Scouting the Seminoles...
Florida State enters Sunday as one of the top teams in the nation, despite falling in its regular season finale at Miami, 1-0. The Seminoles, who have won three of the last five, are led Deyna Castellanos, who owns seven goals and five assists for 19 points. Brooke Bollinger has been the mainstay in goal, allowing only eight goals (0.46 GAA) and making 31 saves while posting nine solo shutouts.

The Series with Florida State...

Overall: Florida State leads, 12-10-6
In Durham: Duke leads, 6-2-5
In ACC Tournament: Florida State leads, 3-0-1
First Meeting: Duke def. Florida State, 2-0 (Sept. 24, 1995 in Tallahassee, Fla.)
Last Meeting: Duke def. Florida State, 2-0 (Oct. 8, 2017 in Durham, N.C.)
Current Streak: Duke, +1

Duke Looks to Avenge 2016 ACC Tournament Loss...
Sunday’s meeting will be the first between Duke and FSU in ACC Tournament play since 2016, when the two went to penalty kicks and the Seminoles walked away with the win. Duke has never defeated Florida State in ACC Tournament play, holding an 0-3-1 record versus the Seminoles.

Blue Devils Excel in ACC Play Yet Again…
Duke’s win on Thursday capped another impressive season in regular season conference play. The Blue Devils have either won or tied in 18 of their last 19 ACC regular season games. Duke went a perfect 10-0-0 last season en route to claiming the third ACC Regular Season Championship in program history and finished 8-1-1 this year. Over the last three years, Duke has accumulated 25 wins in ACC regular season play, the best three-year stretch in program history.

2018 Senior Class Continues to Dominate…
The 2018 Duke women’s soccer senior class continues to do what it’s done best for four years: win. Thursday’s victory moved its win total to 66. The squad is the winningest senior class in program history, while last year’s class is second with 60 victories.

In their four years, the DWS seniors of Chelsea Burns, Kayla McCoy, Kat McDonald and Taylor Racioppi have made two trips to the NCAA College Cup, including a National Championship game appearance in 2015, and a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2016. The group of four also captured the 2017 ACC Regular Season Championship and has picked up at least one win against every ACC program.

Six. In. A. Row…
The Blue Devils are heading into the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the nation, defeating Notre Dame on Thursday for their sixth-straight win to improve to 14-2-2 on the year and 9-1-1 in their last 10 contests. This is the second six-plus winning streak of the season, as Duke reeled off seven-consecutive victories from Aug. 26 vs. Elon to Sept. 20 at Miami.

Home Sweet Home…
Koskinen Stadium has long been known as one of the toughest places to play in collegiate soccer and collegiate lacrosse. That has remained true lately for the Duke women’s soccer program, as the Blue Devils hold a 28-2-0 record in their last 30 home matches. That includes a perfect 15-0-0 home record last season, a school record, along with a 10-2-0 showing this season so far.

Duke’s 10 home wins this season mark the third time in program history that it has recorded double-digit home victories in a season. That number stands third in the DWS record book. The 2011 season is second with 14, while last year set the program record with 15 wins at Koskinen.

McCoy Keeps the Good Times Rolling…
There was no doubt that senior Kayla McCoy would be the Blue Devils’ offensive catalyst in 2018 and she hasn’t disappointed, especially as Duke heads into postseason play. McCoy leads the team with 27 points (2nd ACC) and 10 goals (2nd ACC) while her seven assists are tied for fourth in the league. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native has tallied one four-point and three three-point contests this season and has at least one in all but five matches in 2018, tallying a point in 11 of the last 13 matches.

McCoy’s play ramped up in conference action, as she tallied eight goals and two assists. Her eight scores led the league, with her 19 points standing second. She is also topped in the conference with 0.80 goals per game.

McCoy Continues Her Record Book Climb…
Senior Kayla McCoy has cracked a number of top 10 charts so far this season, including entering the top five in a number of records. She currently has 36 for her career, putting her fourth all-time. Kelly Walbert (1992-95) owns the program record with 47-career scores.

McCoy’s four game-winning goals this season has her career total now up to 14, putting her tied for third on the DWS all-time list. She’s three shy of Casey McCluskey (2001-04) for second place and six behind the record holder Kelly Walbert (1992-95), who has 20.

The Duke senior forward also stands tied for fourth with 88 career points and tied for fifth with five career multi-goal performances.

Stevens Among the DWS Assists Elite...
With her team-high 10 dimes so far, Ella Stevens has cracked the top five on Duke’s all-time assists list. She now has 27 for her career, which is fourth in DWS history. She is three from tying Mollie Pathman (2010-13) for third. Andi Melde (1994-97) holds the all-time record at Duke with 42.

Blue Devils One of the Nation’s Top Assists Teams…
With 36 assists so far this year, the Blue Devils have become one of the nation’s best when it comes to dropping dimes. Their 36 rank fourth in the ACC and 19th in the country. Leading the way is Ella Stevens, who has 10 assists this season. Those eight are second in the conference and seventh in the NCAA.

Simmons, McCoy Earn TopDrawerSoccer Weekly Honors…
After turning in stellar performances on the field last week and leading the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils to a pair of crucial ACC victories, freshman Sydney Simmons and senior Kayla McCoy were named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week, the publication announced Tuesday.

Simmons and McCoy are the fourth and fifth Blue Devils to earn TopDrawerSoccer’s weekly honors this year, joining Brooke Heinsohn (Aug. 28), Karlie Paschall (Sept. 18) and Taylor Racioppi (Oct. 16). Simmons, who has earned a weekly honor for the first time in her career, is the first Blue Devil this season to be named to the Team of the Week, while the other four all earned Honorable Mention laurels.

Next Up…
If the Blue Devils are victorious on Sunday, they will face the winner of the No. 3 Virginia/No. 6 Louisville matchup. That contest will be Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. ET in Cary, N.C. That match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

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”.

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