DURHAM, N.C. – Looking to keep their program record nine-game winning streak going, the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils (9-1-0, 2-0-0 ACC) return home to Koskinen Stadium to host the Pitt Panthers (3-4-3, 0-1-1 ACC) Sunday afternoon.
Sunday afternoon will be Duke women's soccer's annual Pride Game, as the Blue Devils show their support for the LGBT community while promoting diversity and inclusion. Fans will receive rainbow bracelets at the marketing table, located at the Bassett Drive entrance, while supplies last.
The match is set for a 2 p.m. ET start time with a live stream on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
Duke Blue Devils (9-1-0, 2-0-0 ACC)
Pitt Panthers (3-4-3, 0-1-1 ACC)
Match Day Info…
Last Time Out…
The Blue Devils moved to 2-0 in ACC play for the first time since 2014 with a dominating 3-0 victory in South Bend Thursday night against the No. 18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. After a scoreless first half, a Notre Dame own goal opened up the scoring as a defender deflected in a cross from Imani Dorsey. From there, Dorsey would tab her eighth goal of the season and Malinda Allen her first, while
EJ Proctor secured her fourth shutout in the last five matches.
Thursday, Sept. 21
No. 4 Duke def. No. 18 Notre Dame, 3-0 (Recap, Stats)
A Blue Devil Win Would…
- Give the Blue Devils a 10-match winning streak, the longest in school history (previous record was eight-straight wins in 2000).
- Move Duke to a 3-0 start in ACC play for the first time since 2011.
- Keep the Blue Devils perfect against Pitt at 5-0-0.
- Improve the Blue Devils’ ACC record to 105-89-32.
In the Rankings...
United Soccer Coaches: 4th
Soccer America: 5th
United Soccer Coaches: NR
Soccer America: NR
Scouting The Panthers...
Pitt will be looking for its first ACC win of the season after losing 2-0 at Wake Forest, but tying Virginia Tech Friday night at home, 1-1. Taylor Pryce leads the way for the Panthers with three goals and eight points, while Katelyn McEachem has been the primary keeper, allowing nine goals and making 53 saves in 815:42 minutes for a 3-3-2 record.
The Series with Pitt...
Overall: Duke, 4-0-0
In Durham: Duke, 2-0-0
Last Meeting: Duke def. Pitt, 3-1 (Oct. 22, 2015 in Durham)
Current Streak: Duke, +4
Leading The Blue Devils…
Points: Imani Dorsey, 16
Goals: Imani Dorsey, 7
Assists: I. Dorsey, K. McCoy, T. Racioppi & E. Stevens, 2
Shots: Imani Dorsey, 31
Shots On Goal: Imani Dorsey, 21
Game-Winning Goals: Chelsea Burns, 3
Goals Against Average: Brooke Heinsohn, 0.40
Saves: EJ Proctor, 17
Save Percentage: EJ Proctor, .810
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 (
- Imani Dorsey (Taylor Racioppi) at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (
- Malinda Allen (Schuyler DeBree, Ella Stevens) at Notre Dame – Sept. 21, 2017 (
Need To Know…
- Returning home and looking for their first 3-0 start to ACC play since 2011, the Duke Blue Devils play host to the Pitt Panthers Sunday afternoon at Koskinen.
- Duke took down Virginia Tech in its ACC opener at Koskinen, shutting down the Hokies for a 3-0 victory. With the win, the Blue Devils are now top five in all three major polls.
- The Blue Devils have won nine-straight matches, setting a school record after Thursday night’s win at Notre Dame. The previous record was eight-straight wins in 2000.
- Duke has dominated in the month of September, going a perfect 6-0 while outscoring opponents 15-1 and earning five 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 10 matches. Also providing some pressure on the offensive end is Kayla McCoy, whose has five goals and 12 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 10 contests and recorded six clean sheets so far this season. Reid has gone the distance in nine matches this year, while DeBree has eight such contests and Burns three.
- 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 eight starts (678:12 minutes), while Heinsohn has two (225:00 minutes). Heinsohn leads the team with a 0.40 goals against average and Proctor is tops with 19 saves (.826 save percentage).
Top Five, Top Five, Top Five…
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 last week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25, the Blue Devils held strong at fourth in the rankings.
The Blue Devils moved up one spot to No. 5 in the latest Soccer America poll, making them ranked in the top five in all three major polls. Duke stayed at third in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll.
A Look At The RPI…
The first batch of RPI rankings for the 2017 season were released Monday, with the Blue Devils coming in 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. In the latest real-time RPI projections, Duke has moved up to fifth after Thursday’s victory.
Pitt comes into Thursday’s match ranked 99th.
All We Do Is Win, Win, Win…
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. During the streak, Duke has defeated three ranked opponents, shut out six foes and went 2-0 at its home tournament for the first time since 2012. The Blue Devils have also started 2-0 in ACC play, the first time accomplishing that mark since 2014.
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 6-0 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 15-1 and shutting out five opponents, with four of those coming from senior EJ Proctor.
Dorsey Stays In The Spotlight…
Senior Imani Dorsey pulled in yet another accolade this week, as for the third-straight week she earned a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week. This came after recording a season-high three points (one goal, one assist) in Duke’s 3-0 victory against Virginia Tech on Sunday. After scoring Thursday night at Notre Dame, she has now earned a point in nine of 10 matches this year and leads the squad with eight goals and 18 total points.
Dorsey A Senior CLASS Nominee…
Friday afternoon Duke senior Imani Dorsey was selected as one of 30 nominees for the prestigious Senior CLASS award. The list will be cut down to 10 later in the season, with the winner announced in December at the NCAA College Cup.
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 five.
1. EJ Proctor (2014-Present) – 0.75
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) – 172
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) – 25.7
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
Sunday’s match will be streamed on ACC Network Extra. Fans can access the broadcast by going to WatchESPN.com, the ESPN app or clicking the link below.
Friday, Sept. 29
No. 4 Duke (9-1-0, 2-0-0 ACC) at Louisville (6-4-0, 0-2-0 ACC) – 7:00 p.m. ET
Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium
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