Blue Devils reach season 12 peak in United Soccer Coaches poll


DURHAM – Following a victory over Virginia Tech, number 6, on Saturday, the Duke’s men’s football program reached the season’s 12th ranking in the country, as United football coaches reported on Tuesday.

The Blue Devils won a critical ACC opening victory over the Hokies, beating them 1-0 at Koskinen Stadium. This is the Blue Devils’ first victory against a ranked opponent since defeating No.14 North Carolina on September 27, 2019, and the first top 10 victory since winning No.9 Notre Dame. October 12, 2018.

Second year Thorleifur Ulfarsson scored the only goal of the game, taking a penalty in the 35th minute and burying it for the deciding goal. Senior Eliot Hamill recorded his third shutout in four games this season, making five saves to preserve the win.

The rise in the standings is linked to the remarkable defense of the Blue Devils, who have won all four games via a shutout and have allowed just one goal this season. The Blue Devils have won four of their first five shutout games for the 11th time in program history. Duke also leads the CCA in save percentage and ranks fourth in the country with 0.947.

Duke is back in action on Sunday, September 19 as they travel to Chapel Hill, NC to face North Carolina. The match will be broadcast on ACC Network and will start at 7 p.m.

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