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#18 Irish Play Host To #21 Duke Saturday In Season Opener
Right back Luke Mishu and the rest of the Irish defense were stringy during the exhibition season.
 
Right back Luke Mishu and the rest of the Irish defense were stringy during the exhibition season.

Aug. 24, 2012

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#21 DUKE
vs.
#18 NOTRE DAME

Saturday, August 25 • 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Alumni Stadium • Notre Dame, Ind.

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SETTING THE STAGE
• Notre Dame will open its 36th season of varsity soccer Saturday when the Irish play host to Duke. Kickoff between the Fighting Irish and Blue Devils is slated for 7:30 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Stadium.
• The Irish are ranked 18th in the Soccer America preseason poll, while the Blue Devils are 21st.
• This will be the fourth meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Duke. The Blue Devils hold a 2-1 edge in the series. Notre Dame won the last encounter, 4-1, during the 2008 adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington, Ind.
• A free live video broadcast of Saturday's match will be available on UND.com. Live stats via Gametracker also will be available on UND.com. In addition, fans can sign up for "Irish Alert" on UND.com to receive text message score updates.

The Last Meeting
Duke
1
Notre Dame
4
August 31, 2008
Bloomington, Ind.
Fighting Irish Offense Comes To Life In 4-1 Win Over Duke
The third-ranked Fighting Irish men's soccer team used four goals from three different players to capture a 4-1 win over Duke on Sunday afternoon during the second and final day of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Senior forward Bright Dike (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North) scored twice to notch the first multiple-goal game of his career.

FOR STARTERS
• Notre Dame is 21-10-4 all-time in season openers, including a 6-3-2 mark during the Bobby Clark era. The Irish played Indiana to a scoreless draw in last season's opener, which was played at Notre Dame's Alumni Stadium.
• This is the sixth straight season that Notre Dame has opened the season against a ranked opponent. The Irish are 2-2-1 in the last five openers against ranked foes.

IRISH ITEMS
• The Fighting Irish posted a 3-0-1 record during preseason play. Notre Dame won two matches at Northern Illinois (2-0, 3-0) and played the Chivas Guadalajara under-23 team to a 1-1 draw in Ft. Wayne, Ind. The Irish bested Xavier, 1-0, on Monday at Alumni Stadium. Senior forward Ryan Finley led the Irish with three goals during the exhibition campaign.
• Notre Dame went 9-5-4 in 2011 and finished tied for fourth in the BIG EAST Blue Division with a 5-3-1 league mark. The Irish saw their season come to an end with a 1-0 setback to Villanova in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship.
• The Fighting Irish return six starters and 14 letterwinners from last season.
• Notre Dame welcomes back 25 of its 27 goals scored from last season. Finley returns in the attack after leading the Irish in both goals (7) and points (16) in 2011, while fellow senior Adam Mena had a team-best five assists.
• Senior Will Walsh started all 18 matches in goal last season and notched a 0.83 goals-against average and a .795 save percentage with five shutouts.

A LOOK AT DUKE
• Duke went 11-8-3 last season and finished tied for third in the ACC with a 4-3-1 league mark. The Blue Devils fell at New Mexico, 2-1 in overtime, in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
• Duke returns five starters from last season's squad, including first team All-ACC goalkeeper James Belshaw. The leading returning scorer from 2011 is Nick Palodichuk (So./M), who tallied seven goals and six assists.
• Head coach John Kerr is in his fifth season at the helm of the Duke program.

IRISH AGAINST THE ACC
• Saturday will be Notre Dame's first match versus an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponent since a 1-1 draw against Wake Forest at the 2009 adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington, Ind.
• The Fighting Irish are 12-17-1 against teams currently in the ACC.
• Duke is one of two ACC opponents on Notre Dame's 2012 schedule. The Irish will face Clemson Sept. 2 at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.

FINLEY FAMILIAR WITH OPPONENT
• Fighting Irish senior forward Ryan Finley spent the first two seasons of his collegiate career at Duke before transferring to Notre Dame. He tallied 28 goals and eight assists in his two seasons with the Blue Devils. He was named the 2010 ACC Offensive Player of the Year in addition to earning first team All-America honors that season. Finley led the Irish in goals (7) and points (16) last season en route to copping second team all-BIG EAST accolades.

CAPTAINS
• Midfielders Dillon Powers and Michael Rose will serve as Notre Dame team captains during the 2012 campaign. Powers, a senior, will be serving as captain for the second straight season, while Rose, a fifth-year senior, is a first-time captain.

BIG EAST ELITE
• Irish seniors Ryan Finley (F) and Dillon Powers (M) were named to the 2012 Preseason All-BIG EAST Men's Soccer Team in a vote by the league's head coaches. The Fighting Irish duo was among 15 players named to the squad.

IRISH PICKED SECOND IN DIVISION
• Notre Dame was picked to finish second in the BIG EAST Blue Division, while Connecticut was tabbed to win the division. Georgetown was selected to finish third followed in order by Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall and Pittsburgh. Connecticut received 13 first-place votes among the seven Blue Division squads, while Notre Dame and Georgetown both garnered one first-place nod. St. John's was selected to win the eight-team Red Division. The league's 15 head coaches were not permitted to vote for their own squads.

TOUGH SLATE
• The Irish will face another challenging schedule this season as six of their opponents appear in the Soccer America preseason top-25 poll. Included in that group are the No. 1 (Connecticut) and No. 2 (Akron) teams. Notre Dame foes Indiana (#9), Louisville (#16), Northwestern (#17) and Duke (#21) also appear in the rankings. The Irish are ranked 18th in the poll.

FOLLOW THE IRISH ON UND.COM
• All 2012 Notre Dame home matches that are not televised can be seen live on UND.com. The streaming broadcasts are free of charge. Log on to UND.com to stay up to date on the Fighting Irish men's soccer team throughout the 2012 campaign.

 

 

Event Calendar

Delta

August 17
L, 1-0
Bradley
Peoria, Ill. (Shea Stadium)

ESPN3
Live Stats
August 22
T, 1-1
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
RECAP

ACC Network Extra
August 26
5:00 PM
Indiana vs. New Mexico
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 26
7:30 PM
UC Irvine
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
August 28
11:30 AM
Indiana vs. UC Irvine
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 28
2:00 PM
New Mexico
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
September 2
5:00 PM
Stanford
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 4
12:30 PM
California
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 9
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 13
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 16
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Lynn Stadium)
September 23
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 30
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Ambrose Urbanic Field)
October 4
7:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 8
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 11
7:30 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
October 14
7:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)
October 18
8:00 PM
Northwestern
Bridgeview, Ill. (Toyota Park)
October 21
7:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)

RSN
October 25
7:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 28
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
November 2
TBA
ACC First Round
Campus Sites
November 6
TBA
ACC Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
November 9
TBA
ACC Semifinals
Campus Sites
November 13
TBA
ACC Final
Charleston, S.C. (MUSC Health Stadium)
November 17
TBA
NCAA Championship First Round
Campus Sites
November 20
TBA
NCAA Championship Round of 32
Campus Sites
November 27
TBA
NCAA Championship Round of 16
Campus Sites
December 3
TBA
NCAA Championship Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
December 9
TBA
NCAA Championship Semifinals
Houston, Texas (BBVA Compass Stadium)
December 11
TBA
NCAA Championship Final
Houston, Texas (BBVA Compass Stadium)

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