DURHAM, N.C. – Coming off a top 15 matchup in the 2019 home opener, the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils (1-1-1) remain at Koskinen Stadium to host No. 19 Santa Clara (1-2-0) Saturday, Aug. 31. The match is set for a 7 p.m. start and will be broadcasted live on the ACC Network Extra.
Last Time Out
Despite a number of chances for both squads, Wednesday’s top 15 showdown at Koskinen Field between the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils (1-1-1) and No. 13 Georgetown Hoyas (1-1-1) ended in a scoreless draw. It was a back-and-forth contest as each team recorded a number of opportunities throughout the match. The two squads combined for 16 shots, with the Blue Devils holding the advantage, 10-6 throughout the four periods of action.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn has posted shutout performances in two of her first three games to begin the 2019 campaign. The Duke keeper opened the season with a shutout performance against La Salle before shutting out No. 13 Georgetown Wednesday evening at Koskinen Stadium. Heinsohn is one of seven goalies in the ACC to record multiple shutouts this season, and owns 13 shutouts across her Duke career.
Playing the Best
The Blue Devils face a tough schedule out of the gates, matching up against Top 20 opponents in three of their first four games. Duke’s second and third games of the season pit the team against two of last year’s Final Four teams in No. 2 North Carolina and No. 13 Georgetown. The Blue Devils’ does not get any easier, as at least six of their future opponents are ranked within the Top 25 of a national poll.
Opening Weekend in the Books
The Blue Devils closed out opening weekend of the 2019 season with a 1-1 record in the Carolina Nike Classic in Chapel Hill.
Duke used a strong second-half effort in the season opener to claim a victory over La Salle Thursday afternoon. Senior Ella Stevens began the second half surge for the Blue Devils in the 68th minute of action, scoring her first goal of the new campaign. Sophomore Marykate McGuire added insurance at the 86:22 mark to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 advantage.
The two goals propelled Duke to its 27th win on opening day in program history, while marking the second consecutive opening day win for the Blue Devils.
Duke vs. Santa Clara
Saturday’s matchup against Santa Clara marks just the fourth time the two schools have met in program history, and the first meeting since 1999. Santa Clara owns the all-time series advantage, 3-0, including a 1-0 mark in games in Durham. The Broncos enter the contest with a 1-2 overall record, most recently dropping a road match at Wake Forest Thursday afternoon.
New Face Added to the Coaching Staff
One of the top young minds in the game joins the Duke women’s soccer coaching staff in 2019 in the addition of assistant coach Kieran Hall. Hall joins the DWS program after spending the last three seasons as a volunteer assistant coach with the Duke men’s soccer squad. In his three years, Hall helped Duke tally a 31-19-7 record, including a 24-11-5 showing in the last two seasons. Hall was an instrumental part in helping the Blue Devils earn a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, as the program captured the No. 6 national seed in 2017-18 and reach the Round of 16 in both showings. The No. 6 seed marked the first time the men’s soccer program had earned a national seed since the 2009 season.
Marquee Freshman Class for the Blue Devils
Duke welcomes one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, as eight new faces comprise the Blue Devils’ No. 5 nationally ranked class, including Sarah Piper, Julia Burnell, Emmy Duerr, Julia Hannon, Natalie Maurer, Sarah Miller, Ruthie Jones and Gatorade National Women’s Soccer Player of the Year Sophie Jones. This is the eighth-straight year that the Blue Devils have reeled in a top 10 recruiting class, as the squad showcases six players ranked in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Top 150, including five inside the top 75. The six Top 150 players are the most in Duke history since the class of 2014.
Stevens and Jones Earn TopDrawerSoccer Honors
The duo of Ella Stevens and Sophie Jones have landed TopDrawerSoccer preseason honors. Stevens, named Second Team, has been listed on a TDS Preseason Best XI for the third-straight year. This is second consecutive year that a Blue Devil has been named to the Best X! Freshman Team, as sophomore Delaney Graham received the honor a season ago.
Looking Ahead for Duke
Following Saturday’s contest, the Blue Devils are set to continue their six-game homestand. Next weekend, Duke hosts the 2019 Duke Nike Classic. North Carolina, UNLV and LSU are all scheduled to competed in next weekend’s tournament.
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