ELON, N.C. – The fifth-ranked Blue Devils (4-0-1, 1-0-1) will look to stay undefeated on Tuesday evening, traveling to Elon (5-2-0, 2-1-0) for a mid-week contest against the Phoenix. First touch at Rudd Field is scheduled for 7 p.m. and fans can stream the contest on FloSports.
- Duke and Elon meet for the 19th overall time on Tuesday night, with the Blue Devils leading the series 13-2-3.
- Duke defeated Elon in their last matchup by a score of 3-1 at Koskinen Stadium on Oct. 5, 2021.
- Nick Pariano logged four total points against the Phoenix last season, scoring a goal and distributing two assists. Lewis McGarvey and Thorleifur Ulfarsson were the other two goal-scorers for the Blue Devils.
TALE OF THE TAPE
- Elon picked up three points on Saturday, beating Delaware 2-0.
- The Phoenix have recorded shutouts in all three games of their current winning streak, and currently sit at 5-1 on the season, including 2-1 in CAA contests.
- The Blue Devils are familiar with the 2022 version of Elon, as both Duke and Elon participated in the early-season John Rennie Nike Invitational. However, the two teams did not play each other.
- The two teams both finished the John Rennie weekend with a record of 2-0. The Blue Devils were named champions of the event on a yellow-card tiebreaker after both teams finished with the same record, goal differential, goals for and goals against.
LAST TIME OUT
- Duke played to a 1-1 draw against rival North Carolina on Saturday night.
- It was the 98th meeting all-time between the teams and just the 11th tie in the series.
- Both goals were scored within a 29-second window, with Amir Daley scoring his first goal of the season at the 9:26 mark of the first half, and UNC responding with their goal at the 9:55 mark.
JAI MAKES HIS RETURN
- Forward Jai Bean made his first appearance of the 2022 season for the Blue Devils against Louisville last Saturday.
- The sophomore made an immediate impact, scoring his first goal of the year in the 54th minute to draw Duke level with the Cardinals.
- Bean played 58 minutes off the bench against Louisville, the most of any Blue Devils substitute.
- He made his first start of the season in the following match against North Carolina, playing a total of 55 minutes for the Blue Devils.
BY THE NUMBERS
8 – The amount of points Shakur Mohammed has collected in the Blue Devils’ first five games of 2022. He leads the team and is five points away from matching his 2021 output (13).
3 – Consecutive ACC openers won by Duke after the Blue Devils defeated Louisville 2-1 on Sept. 10.
5 – Assists for Nick Parianoa team-high. He logged two assists against Louisville, the first time a Duke player has recorded two or more assists in one game since Cameron Kerr did so against Wake Forest in November 2021.
5 – Duke secured their highest ranking of the young 2022 season when they came in at No. 5 in the country in the United Soccer Coaches poll on Sept. 13. It’s also the highest the Blue Devils have been ranked since they were tabbed as the No. 3 team in the country last October.
9 – The Blue Devils’ goal differential during the 2022 so far this season. Buoyed by three shutouts to start the year, Duke is tied for 2nd in the ACC and tied for 16th nationally for goal differential so far this season.
62.8 – The percentage of 2021 goals from returning players this season. While losing Thorleifur Ulfarsson’s 15 goals, the team had 27 from returning players this year.
2 – ACC award winners returning from last season. Reigning ACC Midfielder of the Year Peter Stroud and ACC Freshman of the Year Shakur Mohammed are both back in action for another campaign.
45 – The consecutive seasons by the Duke men’s soccer program with at least one All-ACC honoree. The team has had one every season since 1976.
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