March 21, 2002 The Duke women's soccer Class of 2006 was named the eighth-best recruiting class in the nation by Soccer America magazine, as announced by the publication on Thursday. North Carolina was named the top class in the country, followed by UCLA, Virginia, Arizona State, Boston College, Stanford, Connecticut, Duke, Notre Dame and Clemson. The Blue Devils incoming freshman class features midfielders Carmen Bognanno, Heidi Hollenbeck and Shelly Marshall, backs Carolyn Ford and Kate Siebert and forward Carolyn Riggs. Siebert, an NSCAA Youth and Parade All-America selection, was a five-year member of the Region I ODP team, a U.S. Youth Soccer Association All-America National team selection and a member of the adidas Elite Soccer Program All-Star team. Hollenbeck earned NSCAA All-America honors and was a member of the under-17 and 19 national pools. Bognanno, an All-State, All-Conference and All-Metro honoree, was a member of the Missouri State Olympic Development Program
Feb. 20, 2002 The Duke women's soccer program has signed six student-athletes to attend the university in the Fall of 2002, as announced by head coach Robbie Church Wednesday. The Blue Devils will welcome Carmen Bognanno, Carolyn Ford, Heidi Hollenbeck, Shelly Marshall, Carolyn Riggs and Kate Siebert to the squad in September. "We are very excited about our incoming freshman class," said Church. "We have signed six women who have the opportunity to make major contributions to our program immediately. What excites us the most is that these young ladies will represent Duke University and its soccer program in first class fashion." Bognanno, a native of St. Louis, Mo., is a three-time letterwinner and earned All-State, All-Conference and All-Metro honors at Lafayette High School. As a member of the Busch Soccer Club, the 5-2 midfielder was a four-time state champion and earned the club's player of the year award in 2000. A member of the Missouri State Olympic
Jan. 10, 2002 Duke freshman midfielder Casey McCluskey earned a spot on the 2001 Soccerbuzz Magazine Freshman All-America first team and was named honorable mention All-America on Thursday. McCluskey was the top offensive threat for the Blue Devils in 2001, finishing the regular season tied for fourth in the conference in goals (9) and second among freshmen. The Fairfax, Va., native posted three two-goal games and is tied for seventh all-time at Duke for goals in a season. McCluskey has earned several accolades for her accomplishments this season, including ACC Rookie of the Year, first team All-ACC and All-Southeast Region and Soccerbuzz Southeast Freshman of the Year, All-America and All-Freshman first teams.
Jan. 10, 2002 Duke senior forward Alison Sanders was named to the 2001 Verizon All-District III Women's University Soccer Second Team, as announced Thursday. Sanders was second on the team in goals (5) while recording two two-goal games and two game-winning goals in 2001. Despite missing two seasons with knee injuries, the Summerville, S.C., native posted career numbers of 12 goals and one assist for 25 points for the Blue Devils. A biological anthropology and anatomy major, Sanders maintained a 3.33 grade point average and was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll in 1999 and 2000 and the Dean's List in 2001. Sanders joined North Carolina senior goalkeeper Kristin Deplatchett, who was named to the first team, as the only women's soccer players from ACC schools to earn District III Academic All-America honors this season.
Jan. 9, 2002 Duke freshman midfielder Casey McCluskey earned the 2001 Soccerbuzz Magazine Southeast Freshman of the Year award and was named to the publication's Southeast first team and the All-Freshmen Team this week. Junior midfielder Carly Fuller was named to the region's second team, while sophomore goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir received third team honors. McCluskey was the top offensive threat for the Blue Devils in 2001, finishing the regular season tied for fourth in the conference in goals (9) and second among freshmen. The Fairfax, Va., native posted three two-goal games and is tied for seventh all-time at Duke for goals in a season. McCluskey has earned several accolades for her accomplishments this season, including ACC Rookie of the Year and first team All-ACC and All-Southeast Region. Helgadottir was instrumental in the Blue Devils' turn around this season, posting shut outs in each of their last three regular season contests. The Kopavogur, Iceland, native, who led
Dec. 5, 2001 Four Duke Blue Devils were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America South Region Women's Soccer Team. Freshman midfielder Casey McCluskey earned first team honors, while sophomore goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir and junior midfielder Carly Fuller received second team accolades. McCluskey, a native of Fairfax, Va., had a spectacular rookie campaign, finishing the regular season tied for fourth in the conference in goals (9) and second among freshmen. The Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year posted three two-goal games on her way to earning All-ACC first team honors. Helgadottir was instrumental in the Blue Devils' turn around this season, posting shut outs in each of their last three regular season contests. The Kopavogur, Iceland, native, who led the ACC in saves per game in the regular season (5.15), was also named to the ACC first team. Fuller, an All-ACC second team honoree, was a consistent contributor all season long, creating most of
Nov. 18, 2001 The Duke women's soccer team was eliminated from the NCAA Women's College Cup after a 2-0 loss to top-seeded North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field. The Blue Devils ended their season at 8-10-1, while the Tar Heels improved to 21-0 on the year and will advance to the round of 16 to play Rutgers next weekend. "I am so proud of my team and I'm proud to be the coach of this team," said Duke head coach Robbie Church. "For our team to play 150 minutes of soccer on Friday and come in here and compete like we did today is unbelievable. Congratulations to Carolina-they're a great team." Carolina took the lead on a goal by sophomore midfielder Jordan Walker at 26:54. Freshman midfielder Anne Felts and sophomore forward Alyssa Ramsey assisted on the goal with Walker gathering Ramsey's cross in the penalty area and finishing into the lower right corner. Less than eight minutes later, the Tar Heels added an insurance goal as senior midfielder Anne Remy sent a ball
Nov. 16, 2001 The Duke women's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women's College Cup after outscoring Tennessee, 4-2, on penalty kicks Friday night at Fetzer Field. The Blue Devils move on to face defending national champion and top-ranked North Carolina Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Blue Devils and the Lady Volunteers battled to a 1-1 tie after four scoreless sudden death overtime periods, leading to the penalty kick shootout. "In the first half we played really well and went at Tennessee," said Duke head coach Robbie Church. "We had them on their heels a little bit, but they came back strong and played us tough. Thora's (Helgadottir) play was huge for us tonight, as it has been all season long. We've been working on penalty kicks for the past two weeks, and it really paid off for us tonight." Tennessee scored just 8:22 into the match when junior forward Kim Patrick took a pass from midfielder Kayla Lockaby and arched a shot from the left side into the upper
Nov. 12, 2001 DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women's soccer team was awarded an at-large bid to the 2001 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament, as announced by the NCAA on Monday afternoon. The Blue Devils will play 23rd-ranked Tennessee on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. Host North Carolina will take on UNC-Greensboro in the other regional match up at 5:00 p.m. The winners of those two matches will square off in the second round of the tournament, also in Chapel Hill, on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Tennessee also received an at-large birth, while Greensboro and North Carolina both captured their respective conference crowns. Tickets will go on sale this weekend at the UNC Athletic Ticket office at 1-800-227-4335. Tickets will also be available at the Fetzer Field gate beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
Nov. 8, 2001 Erin Engelhardt scored on a breakaway goal 4:41 into the first overtime to lift No. 2 seed Virginia past No. 7 seed Duke, 2-1, in the second quarterfinal match of the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Championship in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday evening. Virginia (14-3-1) advances to play No. 3 seed Florida State at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The Seminoles defeated Maryland, 7-2 in game one of the championship. Duke (8-9) must now wait to see if it will earn a bid to the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers dominated the first half, generating better scoring chances while out shooting the Blue Devils, 8-3. First-team All-ACC goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir made several key saves to keep the Blue Devils in the match, as Virginia out shot Duke, 21-8. Senior forward Sarah Pickens gave the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead at 48:56 intercepting a back pass intended for Virginia sophomore goalkeeper Jodi Clugston. Pickens beat a diving Clugston and shot into an empty net for
Nov. 7, 2001 Winston-Salem, N.C. - Fans can follow the action from the 14th Annual ACC Women's Soccer Championship on the ACC's official web site, TheACC.com. The site will provide a LIVE scoreboard on its 2001 ACC Women's Soccer Championship page. In addition to the LIVE scoreboard, fans can also check out recaps from each game. Stay on top of the action as the drama unfolds at the 2001 ACC Women's Soccer Championship on TheACC.com. The tournament will be played Thursday, Friday and Sunday at Wake Forest's W. Dennie Spry Stadium.
Nov. 7, 2001 The Duke women's soccer team will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Atlantic Coast Conference women's soccer tournament hosted by Wake Forest November 8, 9 and 11. The Blue Devils will take on eighth-ranked Virginia in the first round on Thursday at 2:30 p.m at Dennie Spry Stadium. The Blue Devils, winners of their last three matches and four of their last five, are playing their best soccer of the season behind the spectacular play of sophomore goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir. The Kopavogur, Iceland, native recorded three consecutive shutouts to close the regular season and has a .60 goals against average in her last five contests. Leading the way for Duke offensively are freshman midfielder Casey McCluskey and junior midfielder Carly Fuller. McCluskey finished the regular season tied for fourth in the conference in goals (9) and was second among freshmen. Fuller has been hot as of late, scoring game-winners in two of the Blue Devils' last three matches. The