The Blue Devils continue the season opener

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DURHAM- Duke’s 12th-ranked men’s soccer team returns to Koskinen Stadium on Sunday afternoon for its second game of the 2022 campaign as it takes on Milwaukee. The Blue Devils (1-0-0) and Panthers (0-1-0) will meet on the pitch for the first time in program history, with kick-off scheduled for 2:35 p.m. and the match streaming on ACC Network Extra.

As a member of John Rennie Nike Invitational, Elon and San Diego begin play Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m., followed by the Blue Devils contest. Duke Women’s Soccer will close out the triple header with its game against Charlotte at 6 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Blue Devils picked up a 1-0 win over San Diego in their regular season opener.
  • Senior Scotty Taylor was the goalscorer on Friday night, converting in the first 20 minutes of play.
  • Goalkeeper Eliot Hamill recorded his first shutout of the season, making three saves in total.
  • The win was Duke’s sixth straight victory in their home opener.

SERIES HISTORY

  • This will be the first meeting between the Blue Devils and the Panthers.

SEARCH THE OPPONENT

  • Milwaukee is playing its 50th season of Division I football.
  • The Panthers lost their first game of the season in a 2-0 loss to Elon on Friday afternoon.
  • Milwaukee was chosen to finish third in the Horizon League’s preseason poll, with 81 total points and a vote for first place.

TO MONITOR

  • Scotty Taylor has scored one goal in all four of Duke’s games this year. He scored a goal in each of Duke’s three exhibition games before being the lone scorer on Friday night against San Diego.
  • The Blue Devils made an appearance in every pre-season poll, debuting 12th in the United Soccer Coaches poll and 11th in the TopDrawerSoccer and College Soccer News polls.
  • Peter Stroud was chosen for the MAC Hermann Trophy pre-season watch list. The Chester, NJ native is one of 11 returning All-Americans nationally and has developed a solid reputation as a gifted two-way player.
  • The strength of the Blue Devils squad lies in the midfield, with veteran frontman Stroud leading a dynamic group. Junior Nick Pariano is back after 13 points and should see plenty of action, with a freshman hot kenan.
  • Stroud and sophomore Shakour Mohammed have each been recognized among the best in the country, as TopDrawerSoccer announced their ranking of the top 100 players for the new year.
  • Stroud was selected as the best player to watch in the country, topping the exclusive list. Mohammed checked in at No. 60.
  • The duo were named ACC Midfielder of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year respectively last season and enter 2022 with high expectations.
  • Duke received a huge boost in the offseason, when the team’s goaltender and captain left Eliot Hamill chose to return as a graduate student at the Fuqua School of Business and use their extra COVID year.

IN NUMBERS

45 – Consecutive seasons in the Duke Men’s Football Program with at least one All-ACC winner. The team has had one every season since 1976.

11 – The number of new Blue Devils in 2022. 10 freshmen and transfer graduates Pierre Wentzel join the fray as new team members.

6 – The number of consecutive victories at home opener for the Blue Devils. The last home opener was a 1-1 draw against San Diego in 2016.

2 – ACC award winners return from last season. Reigning ACC Midfielder of the Year Stroud and ACC Rookie of the Year Mohammed are both back in action for another campaign.

62.8 – Goal percentage in 2021 of returning players this season. By losing Thorleifur Ulfarsson 15 goals, the team scored 27 from returning players this year.

4 – Taylor’s goals during the pre-season. The senior has scored a goal in every game and is aiming to hit the ground running after goals against North Carolina and Clemson last year.

9 – The Blue Devils’ goal differential in the 2022 pre-season. The stretch was buoyed by a 7-1 loss to Longwood to end the slate.

To stay up to date with Blue Devils men’s football, follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by searching “https://goduke.com/news/2022/8/27/DukeMSOC”.



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