Blue Devils Travel to Clemson for ACC Tilt Thursday

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Match 15

#10 Duke (10-4-0, 5-2-0 ACC) at Clemson (7-4-3, 3-3-1 ACC)

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022  – 7:00 PM (ET)  – ACC Network Extra

Clemson, S.C. (Historic Riggs Field)

ACC Network Extra Talent:  William Qualkinbush (PXP), Kevin Kennedy (Color)


•    The No. 10 Blue Devils (10-4, 5-2 ACC) will play their second straight road contest Thursday, Oct. 20 as Duke travels to Clemson, S.C., to face Clemson (7-4-3, 3-3-1) at 7 p.m., at Historic Riggs Field.  

•    Thursday’s match will be aired live on ACC Network Extra with William Qualkinbush (PXP) and Kevin Kennedy (Color) on the call.

•    Duke is concluding the regular season with three out of its last four matches on the road.

•    Over the last 21 road matches, Duke owns a 15-5-1 record.

•    Duke had won seven straight true road contests dating back to last season, before falling at Florida State last week.  The Blue Devils feature a 5-1 ledger on the road so far this year.  

•    The Blue Devils have won 10 out of their last 12 ACC regular season contests.

•    In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke is sixth with its four losses coming to No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 5 Florida State and No. 9 Virginia. The Blue Devils’ schedule is currently ranked the third-toughest nationally.

•    In 31 matches played at Duke, Michelle Cooper has tallied at least a goal or assist in 23 of those contests.


•    In matches following a loss, the Blue Devils have collected a 9-0-1 ledger over the last 10 contests.

•    Duke is currently tied for second in the ACC with 15 points along with Notre Dame and North Carolina.  

•    Junior Grace Watkins registered her first goal of the season in the Florida State match last week.

•    The Blue Devils feature nine different players that have scored at least one goal this season.

•    Since scoring six goals at NC State on Sept. 25, the Blue Devils have scored only four goals over the last four matches.  

•    Of Duke’s 60 corner kicks, 40 have been taken in the second half this season.

•    Since scoring nine goals over her first nine matches, Michelle Cooper has been held scoreless in each of her last four matches.  It is the longest stretch of her collegiate career.

•    Over the first nine matches, Duke featured a different starting lineup in each of those contests.  The Blue Devils had the same lineup over the last six matches.

•    With her start against Wake Forest, senior Delaney Graham passed Tara Campbell (91) for the school record in matches started. Graham has started 94 contests.

•    On the road in 2022, Michelle Cooper has scored five goals, while Kat Rader has three and Sophie Jones has added two goals.

•    Olivia Migli has scored or assisted in four out of the last six matches.

•    Mackenzie Pluck has played in a Duke record 98 career matches as she passed Laura Weinberg and Natasha Anasi (97) in the last contest.

•    Freshman Kat Rader’s seven goals rank second in the ACC among freshmen — Taylor Price of Virginia Tech (8). Nationally, Rader ranks tied for seventh among freshmen.

•    Ruthie Jones has started 55 straight matches in goal for the Blue Devils and has 22 shutouts, which ranks fifth all-time at Duke.  

•    Sophie Jones, Ruthie Jones and Emmy Duerr were voted captains for the 2022 squad.


•    Duke and Clemson have squared off 29 times since its first meeting in 1994.  Thursday’s match will mark the 30th meeting between the Blue Devils and Tigers.

•    Duke leads the series with a 15-13-1 ledger and has won the last four meetings.

•    The Blue Devils last faced Clemson during the 2020 ACC Tournament and registered a 1-0 win over the Tigers in Cary, N.C.

•    Duke’s last win at Historic Riggs Field in Clemson, S.C., was in 2018 with a 3-2 victory.

•    Duke has outscored Clemson, 41-29, all-time

•    The Blue Devils are 5-7-1 against the Tigers in Clemson and has won four in a row.


•    Clemson enters the contest with a 7-4-3 overall mark and 3-3-1 ACC ledger.  The Tigers are 4-1-1 in home matches this season.  

•    So far this year, Clemson has been led by Caroline Conti (4 goals, 4 assists), Renee Lyles (4 goals, 3 assists) and Makenna Morris (3 goals, 4 assists).  


•    Duke held a 1-1 score with No. 4 Florida State at halftime in Tallahassee, Fla., on Oct. 13, but the Seminoles scored four unanswered second-half goals to total a 5-1 victory.

•    Grace Watkins scored her first goal of the season.

•    The five goals allowed was a season high for Duke and the most allowed since Oct. 28, 2010 against North Carolina (3-5).


•    In the latest ACC stats, Michelle Cooper ranks first in points per game (1.92), tied for first in points (25), second in goals per game (0.69), first in shots per game (4.15), third in goals (9), second in assists per game (.54) and tied for second in assists (7).  Mackenzie Pluck ranks tied for sixth in assists (6) and sixth in assists per game (.43).  Kat Rader ranks tied for seventh in goals (7) and eighth in goals per game (0.50).  

•    In the NCAA stats, Cooper ranks tied for 21st in goals per game (0.69), ninth in points per game (1.92), tied for 18th in shots per game (4.15), tied for 29th in goals (9), tied for 14th in points (25), tied for 20th in assists (7) and tied for 17th in assists per game (.54).  Pluck ranks tied for 44th in assists (6).


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