NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Duke (15-5-2) at Penn State (19-3-2) Friday, Nov. 23 • 7:00 PM • www.gopsusports.com University Park, Pa. • Jeffrey Field
Duke Travels to No. 1 Seeded Penn State on Friday in Elite Eight Match... The third-seeded and 15th-ranked Duke women’s soccer team (15-5-2) will travel to University Park, Pa., this week to take on sixth-ranked and top-seeded Penn State (19-3-2) on Friday, Nov. 23 in the NCAA Elite Eight at Jeffrey Field. The contest will be aired live on www.gopsusports.com with live video and fans can also follow the action via Twitter at @Duke_WSOC.
Duke has advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second straight year and the fourth time out of the last six seasons.
Friday’s winner between Duke/Penn State will advance to the NCAA College Cup in San Diego, Calif., where it will face the winner of the Florida State/Notre Dame contest. The Blue Devils are vying for their third overall trip to the NCAA College Cup (1992, 2011). A Look at Penn State... Penn State enters the Elite Eight with a 19-3-2 overall record and is coming off advancing through the NCAA Sweet 16 on penalty kicks over Michigan. In three NCAA games, the Nittany Lions have outscored their opponents by a 10-3 ledger.
Christine Nairn (15 goals, 11 assists), Maya Hayes (15 goals, six assists) and Mallory Weber (13 goals, 3 assists) have led the way for Penn State on the season. Raquel Rodriguez has also added 10 assists. Penn State is averaging 3.0 goals per game on the season and has scored a total of 72 goals.
The Series with Penn State... Penn State and Duke have met a total of two times over the history of the two programs with the series tied, 1-1. The last meeting between the two squads was Sept. 7, 2001 as Penn State downed the Blue Devils, 5-1. The other contest was on Sept. 10, 1999 as Duke won, 2-1. Both of the meetings were in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the Carolina Classic.
Duke in the NCAA Tournament... By earning a No. 3 seed and an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils reached the big show for the 10th straight season and the 19th time in school history. Duke has won at least one contest in the tournament in 10 out of the last 11 years.
The Blue Devils hold an overall record of 29-18 in tournament play and advanced to the NCAA Championship match a season ago before falling to Stanford, 1-0.
Duke is making back-to-back Elite Eight appearances for the first time since the 2007 and 2008 campaigns. Last season, the Blue Devils defeated Long Beach State, 2-0, to advance to the College Cup.
The 10 straight NCAA Tournament appearances for Duke ranks tied for 12th overall -- UNC (31), Notre Dame (20), Virginia (19), Penn State (18), Texas A&M (18), Wake Forest (17), UCLA (16), Stanford (15), Florida State (13), Portland (13), West Virginia (13), Boston College (10), Duke (10), Florida (10).
Over the last two years in the NCAA Tournament, Duke has outscored its opponents, 29-6.
Noting Duke... • In the NCAA stats, Penn State leads the nation with 3.0 goals per game, while Duke is second (2.95). • During the past weekend, Kim DeCesare totaled four goals, while Laura Weinberg added four assists and one goal to lead the Blue Devils. • Freshman Cassie Pecht’s 15 assists on the season leads the NCAA. • Duke ranks tied for first in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with 13 goals. The Blue Devils are tied with Florida State, while North Carolina (12) is right behind. Penn State has scored 10 goals. • A total of eight Blue Devils have scored in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. • Laura Weinberg’s 2.00 points per game average is the highest in school history, with the next closest being 1.74 by Kelly Walbert (1994) and Casey McCluskey (2004). • Mollie Pathman registered her first goal of the season on Sunday at Virginia. She now owns 15 career goals. • All 65 goals scored this season by Duke have been by either freshmen, sophomores or juniors. • Gilda Doria (11), Laura Weinberg (12) and Cassie Pecht (15) have combined for 28 assists on the season for the Blue Devils. It marks the first time in school history the Blue Devils have three different players with double-figure assists. • Over the last five matches, the Blue Devils have allowed only three goals. • Kim DeCesare leads Duke with six header goals on the year, while Kaitlyn Kerr is second with three. As a team, the Blue Devils have 14 on the year. • Tara Campbell has posted 54 career wins in goal for the Blue Devils. • In the 15 victories this season, Duke has averaged 4.00 goals a contest. • Libby Jandl owns a team-high 1,932 minutes played, while Natasha Anasi is second with 1,927 minutes on the season. • Blue Devil goalkeeper Tara Campbell registered her fourth career assist at N.C. State on Oct. 11. • After scoring five goals the first seven matches, Gilda Doria was held scoreless the next 13 contests, before connecting on a goal in the NCAA second round against Miami (Ohio). • The Blue Devils are 14-0 this season when posting three or more goals. • Duke has scored 33 first half goals this season. • In six overtime matches this year, Duke owns a 2-2-2 record, while Laura Weinberg has notched two golden goals against Miami and Virginia Tech. • The Blue Devils are averaging 19.6 shots a match and have taken 431 in 22 contests. • Mollie Pathman has notched six assists in 15 matches since returning from the U-20 World Cup. • The Blue Devils have posted double-digit shots on goal in eight matches this season -- Elon (17), San Diego (14), Clemson (14), Miami (11), N.C. State (10), Francis Marion (11), Loyola (14) and Miami of Ohio (11). • Dating back to last season, eight of the nine Blue Devil losses have been by one goal. • All five of Duke’s defenders who have started has registered at least one assist on the year. • Duke allowed a total of 13 goals a season ago, but has let in 24 goals in 2012. Of the 24 goals, two have been own goals this season. • The Blue Devils have outscored opponents, 33-8, in the first half this season, while outshooting them 218-75. • Nine different players have scored goals on the season. • Laura Weinberg owns a team-best 17 career goals against ACC opponents. The next closest is Kim DeCesare (12) and Mollie Pathman (10). • All 11 starters and 90.9 percent of scoring returned in 2012 for the Blue Devils.
DeCesare Tallies Four Goals in Second & Third Rounds... Kim DeCesare registered two goals in each of the second and third round matches over the weekend and now owns a tied for team-high 16 goals on the season. Her five multi-goal games this season is a new school record.
DeCesare moved from the midfield to center forward position this fall and she has had a breakout season. She was injured in the first five minutes against San Diego with an ankle injury and missed the Marquette contest. DeCesare has totaled 12 goals over the last 14 matches since returning from her injury.
DeCesare, a native of Massapequa, N.Y., tallied her previous high for goals in a season with five last year.
U-20 World Cup Teammates to Face Off... Duke junior Mollie Pathman and sophomore Kelly Cobb will go up against their summer teammate Maya Hayes as the trio played on the U-20 U.S. World Cup team. They led the U.S. squad to the gold medal in August.
Alaska Stars to Compete Against Each Other... Two student-athletes from Alaska will compete against each other on Friday when Duke and Penn State hits the field. Kelly Cobb (Chugiak, Alaska) of Duke and Amanda Dotten (Anchorage, Alaska) will play against each other in college for the first time. Kerr Erupts in First Round... After totaling five goals in the regular season, junior Kaitlyn Kerr picked right up where she left off from the 2011 NCAA Tournament as the midfielder set a Duke NCAA Tournament record with a hat trick in the first round against Loyola (Md.). The three goals tied a Duke single game record. She owns a Blue Devil record nine career goals in the NCAA Tournament in three years at Duke.
Weinberg Notches Duke Single-Season Points Mark... Junior Laura Weinberg enters Friday’s match with a career-high 16 goals and 12 assists for a school-record 44 points. She snapped a season-high five-game scoreless streak in the second round with a goal against Miami (Ohio).
The 16 goals on the year ranks tied for second on Duke’s single-season goals list. The most goals in a season was 18 in 1994 by Duke’s all-time leading scorer Kelly Walbert. Her 44 points this season is a new single-season record, which snapped the mark of 40 held by Kelly Walbert (1994) and Casey McCluskey (2004).
Weinberg ranks tied for second in the ACC in goals (16), fourth in goals per game (0.73) and first shots (97), while ranking tied 11th nationally in goals, eighth in points, 19th in goals per game and ninth in points per game (2.0).
Duke Looks to Continue NCAA Run... Coming off a magical run to the NCAA Championship in 2011, the Blue Devils return a very experienced roster as Duke looks to continue its 2012 run to San Diego, Calif. Head coach Robbie Church features a senior class of seven (including two redshirt juniors). Duke outscored its opponents in the NCAA Tournament, 16-4, last year, but was also able to play 4-of-6 games at home.
Top Scoring Combinations... The Blue Devil duo of Laura Weinberg and Kim DeCesare have combined to score 32 goals so far this season, which is a new Duke single-season record for scoring combinations.
Duke’s combination is tied for the highest scoring duo in the nation with Penn State’s Christine Nairn (15) and Maya Hayes (15) second. Duke’s Highest Scoring Duos 32 – Laura Weinberg (16) & Kim DeCesare (16) in 2012 27 – KayAnne Gummersall (15) & Elisabeth Redmond (12) in 2008 26 – Kelly Walbert (18) & Andi Melde (8) in 1994 25 – Casey McCluskey (16) & Carolyn Riggs (9) in 2004 22 - Kelly Cobb (11) & Kaitlyn Kerr (11) in 2011 22 – Sherrill Kester (14) & Kasey Truman (8) in 1999
Other top scoring duos nationally are Dayton (29) - Colleen Williams (17), Juliana Libertin (12) and Ashley Campbell (12); Princeton (29) - Jen Hoy (18) and Lauren Lazo (11); Mississippi (26) - Mandy McCalla (13) and Rafaelle Souza (13); Penn State (30) - Christine Nairn (15) and Maya Hayes (15); Colgate (25) - Jillian Kinter (14) and Catherine Williams (11); Denver (26) - Kristen Hamilton (14) and Kaitlin Bast (12). Research provided by CollegeSoccer360.com - bold teams are playing in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
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