Game 1 | Duke vs. Furman
August 30 | 7:30 PM | Koskinen Stadium
Game 2 | Duke vs. Cal State Bakersfield
Sept. 1 | 2:30 PM | Koskinen Stadium
Duke will host its annual weekend tournament at Koskinen Stadium with Furman, Cal State Bakersfield and Elon coming to Durham. This is the eighth year being the John Rennie Nike Invitational after it was renamed in honor of former head coach John Rennie in 2012. All four games will be streamed live via WatchESPN.com and on the ESPN app. Live stats also will be available for all four games.
Duke by the Numbers
533 – Overall career games played by the current Blue Devil roster
383 – Career starts by Duke’s probable Starting XI
6 – Current Blue Devils with ties to the Triangle
11 – Home games for the Blue Devils this season
11 – Opponents in 2019 that advanced to the NCAA Championships last season
4 – Contests in 2019 that will be aired on a linear broadcast in 2019
14.75 – Shots per game average for the Blue Devils in 2018, the highest in the ACC and 17th nationally
4 – Goals scored by Duke in the first half of the exhibition with Coastal Carolina
10-1-3 – Duke’s record in the John Rennie Nike Invitational since it was renamed for the longtime head coach in 2012
0 – Goals allowed by Duke in the first half in its three preseason exhibition games
10 – Duke’s preseason ranking in the coaches’ poll after finishing 2018 11th
13-7-2 – Furman’s 2018 record, advancing to the NCAA second round
5-12-1 – Cal State Bakersfield’s 2018 record
Recapping the Preseason
- Duke played three preseason scrimmages, going 1-1-1 overall and scoring seven goals and allowing five. The Blue Devils did not sacrifice a single first-half tally in the three outings.
- The Blue Devils tied South Carolina, 2-2, lost at UNC Wilmington, 2-1, and defeated Coastal Carolina in a weather-shortened game, 4-1.
- Daniel Wright had two goals versus the Gamecocks, while Daniele Proch had two against the Chanticleers. Conor Kelly netted the lone score at UNCW, while senior Brandon Williamson and freshman Scotty Taylor both put away chances in the Coastal Carolina win.
John Rennie Nike Invitational History
- This weekend’s tournament will be the eighth annual John Rennie Nike Invitational after it was renamed from the Duke Nike Classic in 2012. The tournament name recognizes former Duke head coach John Rennie, who led the Blue Devils to the school’s first NCAA title in 1986. He remains 22nd all-time in overall victories across all three divisions, finishing his 36-year coaching career with a 454-207-48 record.
- Duke ranks 13th overall among the group in win percentage and tied for 12th among Division I programs in overall appearances with 27.
- The Blue Devils and Paladins are meeting for the 11th time overall and for the first time since 2011. Duke is 9-1-0 against Furman and 2-0-0 under head coach John Kerr.
- Duke and CSU Bakersfield are playing for the first time in the programs’ histories.
- The Blue Devils have a busy home schedule in 2019, playing at Koskinen Stadium 12 times. Duke went 8-4-2 last season.
- Under John Kerr, Duke is 84-30-18 at home for a .705 win percentage. The Blue Devils’ best season was 2009, going 12-1-0 at home.
- Furman comes into 2019 after a successful 2018 campaign that saw them advance to the NCAA secodn round. The Paladins went 1-1-0 in two preseason matches, falling to Wake Forest 2-1 and beating North Florida 1-0.
- Four Paladins were selected to the Preseason All-Southern Conference squad in a voting of the league’s seven coaches. Furman was picked to finish second in the league.
- Rocky Guerra, Ben Hale, Emery May and Jack Shiels were the preseason picks. Hale, a goalkeeper, and Shiels will anchor the defense after posting a 1.01 goals against average last season. May was the top scorer in 2018 with nine goals and Guerra was the playmaker in the midfield with seven assists in his 22 matches.
About CSU Bakersfield
- CSU Bakersfield looks to improve upon a 5-12-1 campaign in 2018. The Roadrunners return both all-conference performers from a year ago and welcome eight new players to the program. In the three preseason games, they went 1-2-0. The losses came to CSU Northridge and UC Riverside and the win was a 3-0 victory versus Cal State Los Angeles.
- All-conference performer Ryan Goldsmith led the team with 14 points last season, while Tom Shepherd and Francisco Gomez are back after posting nine points apiece. CSU Bakersfield looks to shore up its defense in 2019 after giving up 31 goals in 18 games last season.
- Duke won’t be in action midweek as it prepares for its second straight set of weekend contests. The Blue Devils host Princeton, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m., on ACC Network and Harvard, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m.