Kara Wilson of the Washington Spirit.DURHAM, N.C. – Four Duke University women's soccer standouts will kick off preseason action Monday as the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) opens practice across the nation. Starting the month long preseason action are Rebecca Moros of Western N.Y. Flash, Mollie Pathman with the Boston Breakers, Kim DeCesare with Sky Blue FC and
A 5-5 defender, Moros enters first year with Western N.Y. Flash, after playing with the Portland Thorns FC in 2014 and FC Kansas City in 2015. She started all 20 matches in 2015 on the defensive end. A four-year letterwinner from 2003-06 at Duke, Moros earned third-team All-America accolades in 2006, while also being named All-ACC on three different occasions. She finished her career at Duke with 15 goals, 20 assists and 50 points.
Pathman, a native of Durham, N.C., will kick off her third year with the Boston Breakers. She started all 20 matches on the defensive end last season. One of the best distributors to ever put on a Blue Devil uniform, Pathman played 87 career contests, while totaling 83 starts in the defense, midfield and forward slots. Pathman collected 29 assists, 17 goals and 63 points over her four years. She received All-ACC honors in 2010 and 2011.
Opening her second year with Sky Blue FC, DeCesare started four of nine matches played a year ago. DeCesare scored 22 goals over her final two seasons at Duke, after moving to the forward position. For her career, she finished with 29 goals, 15 assists and 73 points, while being named All-ACC on two occasions.
After closing her Duke career this past fall with a NCAA College Cup appearance, Wilson competed in 68 career matches for the Blue Devils. She played on both the defensive and midfield slots during her tenure and totaled one goal, three assists and five points. She helped lead Duke to 14 shutouts as a senior, which ranked as the second-most in school history.
The 2016 season will open Saturday, April 16 as the Washington Spirit will face the Boston Breakers, while FC Kansas City will take on Western New York Flash.