No. 5 Duke (2-0-0) vs. Princeton (0-0-0)
September 6, 2019 | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
No. 5 Duke (2-0-0) vs. Harvard (0-0-0)
September 8, 2019 | 4 p.m. | ACCNX |
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
About the Weekend
For the second consecutive week, Duke will play a two games over the course of three days. The Blue Devils host Ivy League foes Princeton and Harvard who are opening their 2019 campaigns on the road.
Friday’s game versus the Tigers will be broadcast live on TV on the newly launched ACC Network as well as on WatchESPN.com, while Sunday’s outing against the Crimson can only be seen via the ESPN app or WatchESPN.com.
Parking for Friday’s contest will be in the Science Drive Garage and fans will receive a parking pass and instructions for parking from the attendant. The Grounds Lot off of Frank Bassett Drive will be open for parking Sunday.
Duke by the Numbers
563 – Overall career games played by the current Blue Devil roster
405 – Career starts by Duke’s probable Starting XI
6 – Current Blue Devils with ties to the Triangle
3 – Different goal scorers for the Blue Devils on the opening weekend
4 – Contests in 2019 that will be aired on a linear broadcast in 2019
59 – Undefeated teams remaining after the opening weekend of play
14 – Career shutouts for junior goalkeeper Will Pulisic after Duke blanked Furman 1-0 to start the season
5 – Duke’s ranking in the United Soccer Coaches poll after starting the year 2-0
74 – Minutes of action for freshman Scotty Taylor in his first weekend as a Blue Devil
81-59-13 – John Kerr’s career record in his nine seasons as the head coach at Harvard
10-5-3 – Princeton’s 2018 record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament before losing on penalties to Michigan
3-13-0 – Harvard’s 2018 record, going 1-6 in Ivy League play
Duke Brings Home John Rennie Title
- Duke defeated Furman, 1-0, and CSU Bakersfield, 2-1, to capture its fourth straight John Rennie Nike Invitational crown. Hassan Pinto was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while Daniele Proch, Sergi Nus and Will Pulisic joined him on the All-Tournament team.
- The Blue Devils held off a solid Furman squad for the first clean sheet of the year Friday night and used a 75th minute penalty kick from Proch Sunday to get past the Roadrunners. The shutout Friday night was Will Pulisic’s 14th of his career.
- The Blue Devils and Tigers are meeting for the just the second time in the programs’ histories. Duke owns the lone victory with a 2-1 win in Charlottesville, Va., in 1992.
- Duke faces Harvard for the fifth time overall and the second time since head coach John Kerr arrived in Durham from Cambridge. The Blue Devils defeated the Crimson 3-1 in 2008 as Harvard went on to advance to the NCAA Tournament second round.
That’s a First
- A trio of Blue Devils had their firsts this past weekend. Graduate student transfer Hassan Pinto registered his first goal as a Blue Devil as well as in his collegiate career. Sophomores Aedan Stanley and Conor Kelly both provided assists on Pinto’s goal, notching their first collegiate points.
About the Blue Devils
- Duke moved to No. 5 in the latest coaches’ rankings after the 2-0 start. The Blue Devils are in the top six in all of the weekly polls.
- The Blue Devils, slightly thin in numbers this season, had 15 different players see the field and four overall go the entire 180 minutes. Ten played at least 120 minutes and the lone rookie to see the field, Scotty Taylor, ran for 74 minutes over the course of the two games.
- It was a balance scoring effort for Duke on the opening weekend with all three Blue Devil goals and all three credited assists coming from different players.
- In goal, Will Pulisic made seven saves and allowed just one goal en route to earning an honorable mention nod to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week.
- Princeton comes to Durham as the preseason favorite to repeat as Ivy League champions. The Tigers posted a 10-5-2 overall record a year ago and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Michigan in a penalty kick shootout.
- Friday’s game will be the first of 2019 for the Tigers, who return 2018 Ivy League Player of the Year, Kevin O’Toole. Despite losing two of their top three scorers from last season, Princeton welcomes back eight of the top 10. First team All-Ivy defender Richard Wolf will anchor the defensive unit along with All-Ivy honorable mention picks Benjamin Issroff, Bobby Hickson and Cole Morokhovich.
- Harvard looks to improve after a couple of subpar seasons. The Crimson won three games last season and only five the past two years combined and were picked to finish last in the Ivy League this season.
- Head coach Pieter Lehrer welcomed a group of 10 newcomers to the program to go with 14 returning players. The top returning scorer is Alfred Perez with three goals a year ago. The Crimson will miss the services of All-Ivy performers Matt Freese, who pursued an opportunity with the Philadelphia Union, in goal and Sam Brown in the midfield.
- Duke turns around and opens ACC play Sept. 13 against Coastal Division foe Virginia. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m., on ESPNU. The Blue Devils have won two straight versus the Cavaliers.