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#22 Tennessee (0-1-1) at #5 Duke (2-0)
Thursday, August 25, 2022 – 19:00 – SEC Network
Knoxville, Tenn. – Regal Football Stadium
SEC Network Talent: Mike Watts (PXP), Marion Crowder (Color)
YOU SHOULD KNOW…
• No. 5 Duke hits the road for the second time in three games to open the season Thursday at No. 22 Tennessee. The game will be played at Regal Soccer Stadium and will be televised live on the SEC Network at 7:00 p.m.
• Duke enters Thursday having won nine of its last 11 road contests. The Blue Devils are 11-4-1 in their last 16 road games dating back to the start of the 2020-21 season and have outscored their opponents 26-11 in that stretch.
• The Blue Devils are looking to open the season with a 3-0 record for the second straight year, but would mark just the third time since the 2011 season.
• Duke has won two of its last three road games against ranked opponents with wins against No. 2 North Carolina and No. 7 Clemson, while falling to No. 7 Virginia.
• The Blue Devils return eight starters and 18 letterwinners from last season’s 16-4-1 team that advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.
• Being ranked in the preseason no. 2 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, tied for the highest preseason ranking in school history (2015 & 2011). Overall, the Blue Devils have placed in the top-10 of the United Soccer Coaches preseason book in seven of the last eight years under the head coach. I had Robbie.
• Sophie Jones, Ruthie Jones AND Emmy Duerr were voted captains for the 2022 team.
• Duke presents two sets of sisters in 2022 with Delaney and Maggie Graham along with Emily and Jenna Royson.
• The Blue Devils’ recruiting class was ranked fifth nationally by TopDrawerSoccer.
BLUE DEVIL STORIES/NOTES
• Michelle Cooper AND Olivia Miles made their debut in 2022 at the UNCG contest. Both came off the bench and Cooper had an assist.
• Duke has outscored opponents 37-3 in the first two games.
• Senior Julia Burnell scored her first collegiate goal with one second left in the first half against UNCG to give Duke a 2-1 lead at the break. It turned out to be the winning goal for the Blue Devils.
• In 19 games played at Duke, Michelle Cooper has scored at least one goal or assist in 15 of those contests.
• Senior All-American Sophie Jones collected her fourth career goal and first since the 2020-21 season with her tally at ECU in Game 1. She launched a 28-yard shot that hit the back post in the sixth minute.
• Beginning the 2019 campaign, Duke has won eight straight games in the month of August.
• Beginner Cat Rader attempted seven touchdowns in the season opener at East Carolina and was one away from tying for third on Duke’s freshman hitting list.
• All four Duke sisters started the first two games and played a combined 624 minutes — Delaney Graham (143), Emily Royson (167), Maggie Graham (148) and Jenna Royson (166).
• Ruthie Jones has started 43 consecutive games in goal for the Blue Devils and has 20 shutouts, which ranks fifth all-time at Duke.
• Sophie Jones owns a streak of 54 consecutive starts since arriving at Duke.
DUKE VS. TENNESSEE
• Thursday’s game will be the Blue Devils’ fifth all-time meeting with the Volunteers. Duke is 1-1-2 against Tennessee and is 0-1 when playing in Knoxville, Tenn.
• In the last meeting, Duke faced Tennessee in the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament and tied, 0-0, but did not advance in penalty kicks (3-4).
• The Blue Devils are 36-19-9 all-time against SEC opponents.
• Duke is on a three-game winning streak against SEC opponents.
• The head coach I had Robbie owns a 3-2-2 career record against Tennessee and is 0-2-1 in games played in Knoxville.
A full set of notes are attached to this email.