DURHAM – Fresh off a season opener against Liberty, Duke’s men’s football (1-0-0) will return to Koskinen Stadium on Sunday at 12 p.m., when they host Merrimack (0-1-0) .
The Blue Devils hope to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2019 and the fourth time in the past 10 years. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
- Duke launched the offense quickly and passed Liberty, 3-0, on Friday.
- The Blue Devils had 20 shots, seven shots on goal and three goals in a prolific offensive offense, while limiting the Flames to five shots and one on goal.
- Senior Conor kelly and second Luke Thomas each recorded their first career goals, with Thomas adding his first assist and first multi-point game – all in his college debut.
- Second year Miguel Ramírez scored the goal of the evening on a beautiful play started with the first year Ruben Mesalles, which fed Thomas who delivered a perfect cross in the box on the head of Ramirez, who found the skylight in the top right.
- Senior Eliot Hamill recorded his third career shutout in goals, picking up where he left off in preseason, when he combined for an extra shutout against No.24 High Point.
Tale of the Band
- The Warriors will return to Koskinen Stadium for the second game in a row, having opened their season with a 2-1 loss at the neutral site to Elon.
- The Warriors took an early lead but allowed two late goals in the 79th and 81st minutes to succumb to the Phoenix.
- Head coach Tony Martone leads Warriors in his 40th season, joins legendary head coach Duke John rennie as one of 50 coaches in all three NCAA divisions with 400 or more career wins.
- The Blue Devils and Warriors have never met in their respective program history.
- The Warriors began the process of upgrading from Division II to Division I in 2019-2020 and will become full members in the 2023-24 season.
What to watch
- The Head Coach John kerr is approaching 100 wins at Koskinen Stadium, registering his 92nd home win on Friday night against Liberty.
- Duke has had at least one All-ACC winner in every season since 1976, including every year of Kerr’s tenure.
- The Blue Devils bring all four representatives from last season’s leading ACC squad to the All-ACC freshman squad. Ulfarsson, Antino Lopez, Lewis McGarvey and Pierre Stroud are looking to go one step further in their second campaigns.
- Stroud is also the only representative of the program on the CCA’s 2021 preseason watchlist. The Chester, NJ native was named to the All-ACC third team last season and nearly scored his career debut on Friday, when his shot took off from the right post in the 36th minute against the Flames.
- Kelly and second Nick pariano are configured to cross the threshold of 1000 minutes played. Pariano only needs six more minutes of play, while Kelly needs 24 minutes.
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