DURHAM, N.C.— Duke women's soccer program will welcome another standout recruiting class to the mix in 2017 as head coach Robbie Church and his staff landed the No. 5 overall class. During the spring and summer, GoDuke.com has been spotlighting each of the eight newcomers.
The seventh rookie that will be spotlighted is Natasha Turner, who is a 5-10 defender/midfielder from Chapel Hill, N.C. She attended Carrboro H.S., where she earned Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. She guided her high school squad to three straight state championships to conclude her prep career. As a senior, she notched 14 goals and five assists.
Get to Know Turner –
What do you enjoy most about playing soccer?
I love the people you meet while playing, and the places that soccer takes. I also love the competitive atmosphere about playing.
What age did you start playing soccer?
I started playing when I was 4.
What are some of the strengths of your soccer game?
Winning the ball in the air, 1v1 defending, my aggressiveness, and my vision on the field.
When/why did you decide soccer was going to be your sport you concentrated on?
I think that I’ve always known soccer was my sport. I played a lot of other sports growing up
but they were always just side hobbies when I wasn’t playing soccer.
What are you most looking forward to when you arrive on campus at Duke?
I’m looking forward to finally being a part of the Duke soccer family, and the awesome academics that Duke can offer me.
Who has had the greatest influence on your game?
The people that have had the biggest impact on my game would probably be Cindy Parlow and Maria Lubrano. I’ve known Cindy for a long time and she’s really pushed me throughout my years of playing and helped me become the player I am today. Maria has been training me for six years and she’s helped me grow into a more technical player. Both have played an integral part in why I am getting the opportunity to play at Duke.
What are you doing this summer?
I’ve been working out with my trainer, spending time with my friends and family, and training in a program run through NC Courage.
What do most people don’t know about you?
I know every word of every song on my phone
Favorite Athlete: Roger Federer, Julie Johnson
Biggest Thrill in Sports: Buzzer beaters, nutmegs
Goals Upon Graduation: Hopefully play professional either in the US or overseas
Hobbies: Eating good food, Netflix, hanging out with friends and family
Other sports you played growing up: Basketball, volleyball, tennis
Favorite soccer player to watch: Messi
Favorite club: FC Barcelona
Favorite dessert: Anything chocolate
Favorite type of music: Hip-hop, rap or pop