DURHAM, N.C. – After tallying a goal and an assist over the weekend, including the game-winning score against No. 16 Florida State, Duke sophomore Ella Stevens was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week, the publication announced Tuesday.
This is the fourth TDS Team of the Week honor for a Blue Devil this season, as senior Imani Dorsey earned the honor three-straight weeks from Sept. 5 – 19. This is the second TDS honor of the season for Stevens, as she was named to the TopDrawerSoccer Third Team Preseason Best XI on Aug. 14.
Stevens began her weekend with an assist on Duke’s second score in a 2-0 win against the NC State Wolfpack, sending a cross into the box to Ashton Miller, who flicked it to Chelsea Burns for the score. It was the team-leading fifth dime of the year for Stevens.
The Grayson, Ga., native followed it up with a spectacular one timer on Sunday, putting one touch on a Dorsey cross and banking it in off the right post to put the Blue Devils up 1-0 in the third minute of play. Her third goal of the year was also her second game winner, as she put in the game winner in a 2-0 victory against Auburn on Sept. 3.
Stevens’ efforts helped lead the Blue Devils to their 13th-straight victory, extending the program record streak set in a Sept. 21 win at No. 18 Notre Dame. It also pushed Duke to a 6-0-0 ledger in ACC play, marking the best start to league action in school history.
The sophomore helped keep the Blue Devil attack at the top of the charts statistically, as Duke finished the weekend atop the ACC and 16th nationally with 33 total goals. Duke’s 2.36 goals per game average stands second in the conference and 20th in the nation.
Stevens joins teammate Schuyler DeBree as the second Blue Devil to earn a weekly honor on Tuesday, as the senior defender was named ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
Led by standout performances such as Stevens’ and DeBree’s, the Blue Devils held strong at No. 4 in all three polls on Tuesday. Duke has been ranked in the top five in the United Soccer Coaches, Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer.com polls for four-straight weeks.
The Blue Devils also remained at No. 4 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, which were released Monday.
After taking down the Wolfpack and the Seminoles, Duke will now turn its attention to its final home match of the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 15. The Blue Devils will host the Miami Hurricanes on Senior Day, with kickoff set for noon ET. The match will be broadcast on RSN. Fans can also access the broadcast on ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
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