Natasha Anasi, Kaitlyn Kerr, Cassie Pecht, Laura Weinberg, Mollie Pathman and Kim DeCesare.DURHAM, N.C. – As practice gets ready to kick off this week, All White Kit has released its preseason goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward watch list for player of the year. A total of six Blue Devil women’s soccer standouts received honors including
Anasi was on the All White Kit Defender of the Year watch list as she enters her final year for the Blue Devils. A product of Arlington, Texas, Anasi started all 23 games for the Blue Devils at the center back position in 2012. A two-time NSCAA All-America and the 2011 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Anasi registered two assists last season and guided the Blue Devils to six shutouts on the year. She has helped lead Duke to 32 shutouts over the last three seasons.
On the midfield watch list is Kerr and Pecht, after combining to register 14 goals and 22 assists a year ago for the Blue Devils.
Kerr, who is out of Bensalem, Pa., has accumulated 23 goals and 17 assists to go along with nine game-winning tallies over the last three seasons. An All-America selection as a sophomore, Kerr is coming off a season where she totaled eight goals, seven assists and 23 points. She is Duke’s all-time leading scorer in NCAA Tournament action with nine goals and 20 points.
Duke's first National Freshman of the Year in school history, Pecht is coming off a record-breaking 2012 campaign with six goals, a Blue Devil freshman record 15 assists and 27 points. The native of Mechanicsville, Pa., Pecht led the NCAA in assists and ranked tied for ninth in the ACC in points. She scored or assisted in 15 of the 23 matches a year ago.
Pathman, DeCesare and Weinberg headline the forward watch list for the Blue Devils.
DeCesare, who is from Massapequa Park, N.Y., was moved to the forward position in 2012 and flourished with a tied for team-best 16 goals, six assists and 38 points. Her five multi-goal games in 2012 set a new Blue Devil season record, while her 38 points was the fourth-best in school history. DeCesare, who was a second team All-ACC selection, had scored seven goals her first two years at Duke prior to her breakout season.
Pathman, a product of Durham, N.C., is a two-time All-ACC selection at Duke. She has played in 63 career games, recording 15 goals and 22 assists. Pathman competed in only 16 matches a year ago due to representing the United States at the 2012 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan. The 5-4 senior totaled one goal and six assists in 2012.
A native of Boca Raton, Fla., Weinberg is coming off a breakout junior campaign collecting 16 goals, 12 assists and a school-record 44 points last season. Her 16 goals were tied for a team high and was a career high, while ranking tied for second on Duke’s single-season chart. Weinberg, a Soccer America MVP in 2012, also notched five game-winning goals and registered eight of her 16 goals against ACC opponents. Over her career, Weinberg has scored 34 goals and posted 86 points to rank tied for fourth and fifth, respectively, on Duke’s career lists.
Duke opens preseason practice on Wednesday morning under the direction of head coach Robbie Church, who enters his 13th year with the Blue Devils. Duke returns five starters and a total of 22 letterwinners, including 95 percent of their scoring from a year ago. The Blue Devils are coming off advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth time out of the last six years and notching a 15-6-2 overall mark.