DURHAM, N.C. – While the 2018 Duke women’s soccer season is fast approaching, a number of former Blue Devils are competing in the professional rank, both in the United States and abroad. Check out how the Blue Devils are performing in the latest edition of DWS in the Pros.
Rebecca Moros – Duke ‘07
Utah Royals FC – Midfielder
Moros recently closed out a spectacular month of June with Utah Royals FC, playing in five matches and helping Utah record 10 points in those contests en route to earning NWSL Team of the Month honors. It was the first such honor of Moros’ career. The former Blue Devil All-American found success against some of the league’s best strikers, earning 11 clearances, recording nine interceptions and won 11 tackles and 28 duels. Moros also produced on the offensive side of the ball, creating three chances from her outside back position.
Moros and URFC (5-5-6) are back home and in action Saturday, July 14 to face the Orlando Pride. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be nationally televised on ESPNews.
Imani Dorsey – Duke ‘18
Sky Blue FC – Forward
It was a week to remember for one of the all-time greats in Duke women’s soccer history, as Dorsey reeled in the first assist of her career in a June 30 matchup against Utah and followed up with her first-career goal in the next match against Chicago on July 7. The Sky Blue FC forward has played in five matches this year, all starts, and has taken nine shots with seven on goal in 396 minutes of action.
After joining the squad on a national team replacement contract several weeks ago, Dorsey was officially called up to the big stage as she signed a full professional contract June 15 with Sky Blue FC. Dorsey made her professional debut June 8 against Washington, earning the start and playing 71 minutes and taking two shots, both on goal, in the squad’s 0-0 draw.
Sky Blue FC returns to action Wednesday, June 27 against Portland Thorns FC in Portland, Ore. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET on go90.
Rebecca Quinn – Duke ‘18
Washington Spirit – Midfielder
Quinn, who became the highest Blue Devil drafted in NWSL Draft history with the third pick by the Spirit in January, has played in 12 contests this year for Washington with 11 of those being starts. Of those 12 matches, she has gone the full time in seven. Quinn and the Spirit are coming off a 2-0 loss to North Carolina, who sit first in the NWSL table.
The Spirit return to action Saturday, July 21 at home against the Houston Dash. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET with the broadcast on go90.com.
Quinn's summer extends beyond the NWSL this summer, as she was called up to the Canadian National Team for a June 10 friendly against Germany in Hamilton, Ontario. Canada fell in a tight 3-2 decision, as Germany scored in the 84th minute to break the 2-2 tie and secure the victory.
Christina Gibbons – Duke ‘16
Sky Blue FC – Defender
Gibbons has played in 10 matches, including nine starts, for a total of 828 minutes this season for Sky Blue FC. Gibbons has also played the full 90 in six of those contests, including her last three appearances. Sky Blue FC returns to action Saturday, July 14 against the North Carolina Courage in New Jersey. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m. ET and will be live streamed on go90.com.
Morgan Reid – Duke ‘18
North Carolina Courage – Defender
Reid was called up to the Courage’s active roster in June with players joining the United States Women’s National Team for a pair of friendlies against China. The Cary, N.C., native was on the Courage’s active roster for a 1-1 draw against Houston June 3. She continues to train with the club throughout the season.
Schuyler DeBree – Duke ‘18
AC Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) – Defender
DeBree is headed overseas, as she signed with AC Sparta Praha Thursday, July 12, joining the side for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign. DeBree is joined by former Blue Devil teammate Ashton Miller, who also signed with the club on Thursday. The two follow former Duke standout Lizzy Raben, who played for AC Sparta Praha, who closed out her career with the squad in June.
The Fair Haven, N.J., native closed out a stellar four-year career at Duke in December 2017, culminating in the program’s fourth trip to the NCAA College Cup. A United Soccer Coaches All-American and the 2017 ACC Defender of the Year, DeBree was taken with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft in January by the Washington Spirit.
Ashton Miller – Duke ‘18 AC Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) – Midfielder
Miller is another Blue Devil making her way overseas, as she joins Schuyler DeBree in signing with AC Sparta Praha on Thursday, July 12. Miller and DeBree join the side just a month after former Blue Devil Lizzy Raben capped an impressive stint with the club.
A three-time All-ACC selection, Miller was a tri-captain on the 2017 Blue Devil squad that reached the NCAA College Cup for the fourth time in program history. The Okemos, Mich., native was taken with the 22nd overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft in January by the Boston Breakers and most recently was a member of the Chicago Red Stars.
Malinda Allen – Duke ‘18
Shelbourne FC (Ireland) – Midfielder
Allen became the newest Blue Devil addition to the professional ranks on July 10, as she signed with Shelbourne Ladies FC of Dublin City, Ireland. The club currently plays in the Women’s National League and is set to take on Limerick on Saturday, July 14 in their next contest.
A five-time ACC Honor Roll honoree, Allen closed out her Blue Devil career with a pair of goals in 26 contests last year, helping Duke capture the ACC regular season crown and reach the NCAA College Cup for the fourth time in program history. The Memphis, Tenn., native leaves Duke with four goals and four assists in 93 total matches played.
Toni Payne – Duke ‘17
Sevilla FC (Seville, Spain)
After closing her second season with AFC Ajax, Payne is on the move to Spain as the former Duke standout signed with Sevilla FC on July 4. Payne is set to compete with Sevilla FC in the Liga Iberdrola in the 2018-19 season.
Payne heads to Spain after a successful stint with AFC Ajax, where she helped the squad capture the Eredivisie title and the KNVB Beker title. Her successes helped Ajax to participate in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Lizzy Raben – Duke ‘17
AC Sparta Praha (Prague, Czech Republic)
Raben capped her career with AC Sparta Praha by helping the squad to its second-straight Domestic Cup title. AC Sparta Praha defeated FC Slovakia, 3-1, to secure the title while Raben earned the start. Raben and Co. returned to 1. Liga Women action and secured the league title as well with shutout wins against Slavia Praha (3-0) and Viktoria Plzen (2-0).
Krysia Sikora – Duke ‘17
Medyk Konin (Poland)
Sikora and Medyk Konin won three of their last five matches in Ekstraliga Women’s play. Most recently Medyk Konin fell in a tight 3-2 contest to league leader Gornik Leczna, finishing third in league play with 61 points. Medyk Konin is slated to get the 2018-19 season underway on August 3 against UKS Lodz.
Natasha Anasi – Duke ‘13
After taking the year off with the birth of her first child, Anasi is back in action playing in Iceland for Keflavik. Anasi saw time in three games in 2017, tallying one goal. She has played in eight matches this season, scoring seven times for Keflavik. The squad leads 1. Deild Women league with a 7-0-1 record and has won its last five contests. They are slated to take on IR on July 19 in their next contest.
News & Notes
Proctor Joins The Social Institute…
One of the best to ever stand between the posts in program history is tackling the social media realm for her next adventure. EJ Proctor recently announced that she will be joining The Social Institute, an organization that aims to help students and their role models navigate social media responsibly. The organization, founded by former Duke field hockey All-American Laura Tierney, “works with schools, parents and leaders, teaching students positive ways to handle one of the biggest drivers of their social development: social media.”
Major shoutout to @ej_proctor, who is joining @TheSocialInst as a social media coach, helping schools across 🇺🇸 empower students to navigate social media positively! 🙌— Duke Women's Soccer (@DukeWSOC) July 12, 2018
📰: https://t.co/eUfNKDhDbp#GoDuke 🔵😈⚽️ pic.twitter.com/hC6dqZErgN
Proctor wrapped up her stellar Blue Devil career in December 2017, helping lead Duke to the ACC regular season championship and the program’s fourth NCAA College Cup appearance. The Wilson, N.C., native reeled in All-ACC First Team and United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America honors this past season and left Duke holding school records in numerous categories. Proctor was selected by Utah Royals FC with the fourth pick of the fourth round in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.
Dear Duke 📝— Duke Athletics (@DukeATHLETICS) July 10, 2018
"On campus, I learned a great deal in the classroom, but I learned the most from the people I was lucky enough to be surrounded by day in and day out."
Read @ej_proctor's letter ⬇️https://t.co/NUsqV9erCO pic.twitter.com/izrO09tEBL
DeCesare Enters The Coaching Ranks…
After suffering a broken leg, Kim DeCesare returned to action with PSV Eindhoven and appeared in nine matches with five starts and a goal scored. The former All-ACC star wrapped her professional career in late May and is back stateside, as she was named an assistant coach with the Elon women’s soccer program in June.
ICYMI: Kim DeCesare has been added to our new coaching staff! Click below for more details. https://t.co/opKKzjwFLa— Elon Women's Soccer (@ElonWSoccer) June 15, 2018