Previewing 2018 Women’s Soccer: Duke

After dropping a tight contest to No. 3 North Carolina on Thursday, Boston College women’s soccer finishes up a three-game road trip with a game against another ranked conference foe: No. 10 Duke. The Eagles’ (13-2-1, 5-2-1 Atlantic Coast) four-game unbeaten streak came to a halt against the Tar Heels, and they’ll be looking to regain momentum against a Blue Devils (12-2-2, 6-1-1 ACC) team that they haven’t defeated since 2013. Duke enters the contest having won its last four matches.  

Who is BC playing?

Duke

When is BC playing?

Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.

Where is BC playing?

Koskinen Stadium, Durham, N.C.

How to Watch:

The game will be livestreamed on WatchESPN and televised on ESPNU.

By the Numbers:

BC:

1) Despite the loss to UNC, BC is still one of the best defensive teams in the country. The Eagles have conceded more than one goal in just two of 16 games this season.

2) BC star midfielder Sam Coffey leads the ACC in both goals (10) and assists (11).

3) The Eagles have a record of 2-1 this season against teams ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. They beat Florida State and Texas Tech at home earlier in the season and lost to UNC on Thursday.

Duke:  

1) The Blue Devils have played BC 17 times and hold a 10-4-3 record all-time against the Eagles.

2) Duke’s attack is spearheaded by Kayla McCoy. The senior forward leads the team with nine goals in 16 games and has also contributed six assists.

3) BC will certainly have to be at its best defensively against the Blue Devils. Duke has scored 10 goals in its past four games.

Last Meeting:

The teams last met in the 2017 ACC Tournament. Carly Leipzig scored a goal for the Eagles, but BC wasn’t able to keep pace with Duke offensively. The Blue Devils scored three times in the first half and held on for a 3-1 victory—one that ended BC’s season.  

Outlook:

The Eagles will once again have their hands full with an opponent from the state of North Carolina, as Duke is currently in second place in the ACC, trailing UNC by five points. If BC is to win, it will have to be a total team effort. The defense will need to stay disciplined against a Blue Devils team that has been on fire offensively, and the offense will have to be more clinical than it was against the Tar Heels three days ago. The Eagles have a bonafide star in Coffey and the supporting talent to compete with Duke, but they’ll need everyone to perform in order to get back in the win column.

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