DURHAM, N.C. – After spending a weekend away from home, the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils (1-1-0) return to Durham for the 2019 home opener for a showdown against the 13th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas (1-1-0).
The match is set for a 7 p.m. start from Koskinen Stadium and will be broadcasted live on the ACC Network.
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.
The Rematch of the Blue Devils and Hoyas
Wednesday’s contest between the Blue Devils and Hoyas marks a rematch of last year’s Round of 16 matchup in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Georgetown claimed a 4-1 victory over Duke to advance to the quarterfinals. The two teams will meet for just the third time in program history Wednesday evening, as the previous two came in the 2018 season. Duke and Georgetown played to a overtime draw in the first contest last season.
Home Sweet Home
The Blue Devils are an impressive 27-2-1 in home openers in school history, and have won their last five opening games inside Koskinen Stadium. Most recently, Duke defeated Ohio State, 2-0, to open the 2018 campaign at home.
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.
As a team, the Blue Devils landed at No. 17 in the TDS Preseason Top 25. Duke opened last season at No. 7 in the poll.
Looking Ahead for Duke
Following Wednesday’s contest, the Blue Devils are slated for a five-game homestand. Duke will welcome Santa Clara this Saturday, Aug. 31, to Koskinen Stadium, before hosting the 2019 Duke Nike Classic next weekend. North Carolina, UNLV and LSU are all scheduled to competed in next weekend’s tournament.
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