DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke University men’s soccer team recently held its end of season banquet to celebrate the 2013 campaign. Head coach John Kerr handed out four awards and the Blue Devils honored a special fan of the program with a special ceremony.
In a vote of the players, senior captain Sebastien Ibeagha was named the team’s Most Valuable Player as well as the Defensive MVP for his efforts at center back. Junior captain Sean Davis took home the Offensive Most Valuable Player honor. As selected by the coaches, sophomore utility man Zach Mathers garnered the Coach Rennie Award.
Recently named to the NSCAA All-America third team, Ibeagha anchored Duke’s backline throughout his career. He is a three-time All-ACC selection, including winning first team honors the past two, and was voted the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year after helping Duke to nine shutouts and 0.70 goals against average.
This past season, the Missouri City, Texas native played all but 17 minutes at center back. He led the Blue Devils to seven shutouts and a 0.93 goals against average and added two goals to the offensive effort. He was named to the All-ACC first team for his efforts and collected his second consecutive NSCAA All-South Region first team award.
A starter in all 70 contests at Duke, Ibeagha has played 6,379 minutes, scored eight goals and provided three assists while anchoring the Blue Devil backline to 26 shutouts in his career.
Davis, the engine to Duke’s offense, ranked second on the team in points with a career-high six goals and three assists for 15 points. He captured All-ACC second team honors and also was voted to the NSCAA All-South Region second team.
During the Blue Devils’ eight-game unbeaten streak, the Holmdel, N.J., native led Duke with four goals. He played all but 17 minutes in 2013 and has started all but two games in his career at center midfield. A two-time All-ACC pick, in Davis’ three seasons he owns 45 starts, seven goals and seven assists for 21 points.
Duke’s utility player, Mathers played everywhere for the Blue Devils in 2013. After playing center back and earning All-ACC second team honors his rookie season, he started his sophomore campaign in an attacking role. He flourished, scoring twice in the team’s opening two contests.
Midway through the season, the Keller, Texas native moved back into a center back role with Ibeagha en route to taking home third team All-ACC recognition. Following Mathers’ move to the back, Duke allowed just nine goals in 11 games and six shutouts after allowing nine scores in the opening seven contests of the season.
In addition to his defensive prowess, Mathers also contributed three assists in Duke’s eight-game unbeaten streak to finish the regular season. For his career, he has started all 36 games and tallied four goals and nine assists for 17 points.
Duke finished 2013 with an 8-5-6 overall record after finishing the regular season on an eight-game unbeaten streak. The Blue Devils fell to top-ranked and NCAA semifinalist Notre Dame in a narrow 1-0 contest in the ACC Quarterfinals to close out the year.