Duke Men's Soccer BIO
10 Mike Grella
2008: Started 19 games at striker ... selected to the NSCAA All-America first team ... voted by the league's coaches as the ACC Offensive Player of the year ... All-ACC first team and NSCAA All-Region first team honoree ... led team in scoring with 36 points from 14 goals and 8 assists ... led the team in all three of those categories ... named the ACC Player of the Week on Sept. 15 ... selected to the College Soccer News Team of the Week on Oct. 7 ... a College Soccer News All-America first team pick ... Hermann Trophy semifinalist ... took 77 shots, putting more than half on goal ... registered 1575 minutes ... led team with four game-winning goals ... registered a hat trick against Stony Brook and added an assist ... posted at least one point in every game in which Duke scored ... finished second in the ACC in points... was the 34th pick of the MLS SuperDraft by Toronto F.C. ... finished his career with 41 goals and 27 assists for 109 points ... ranks seventh all-time in Duke history in goals and eighth in overall points.
2007: Named to NSCAA/adidas Division I All-America Second Team... All-ACC first team member ... selected to NSCAA/adidas All-South first team for second straight year ... semifinalist for Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, which honors the national player of the year ... Preseason College Soccer News Second Team All-America selection ... played in 19 games, 18 of them starts ... led Duke with 10 goals and added six assists for team-high 26 points ... led the ACC with six game-winning goals ... named Top Drawer Soccer national team of the week on 9/1 ... received a total of five national player of the week honors throughout the season from three media outlets ... logged sixth-most minutes on team with 1,424 ... ranked atop the conference in nearly every offensive category ... second in ACC in shots (80) ... first in shots per game (4.21) ... fourth in points (26) ... fourth in points per game (1.37) ... fifth in goals (10) ... third in goals per game (0.53) ... first in game-winners (six) ... led Duke in shots on goal (37).
2006: Named to NSCAA/adidas All-South first team ... a Top Draw Soccer first team of the season pick ... was one of only two Blue Devils to start in all 23 games ... led team with 13 goals and 32 points ... tied for fourth on team with six assists ... tied for team lead with five game-winning goals ... first on team with 59 shots ... .220 shot percentage was best on team for all Blue Devils with 10 or more shots ... put 30 shots on goal for a .508 shots-on-goal percentage, good for third on team for players with 20 or more shots ... scored game-winning goals against St. Francis on 8/27, American on 9/1, No. 17 South Florida on 9/3 and No.5 Wake Forest on 9/8 ... also scored the game-winner in overtime of the ACC tournament final versus Wake Forest on 11/5 ... Soccer America's national player of the week on 9/13 ... named Duke's offensive player and co-most valuable player of the year.
2005: Named to the All-ACC Freshman team ... tied for fourth on the team with 15 points ... scored a goal in each of his first two games and finished with four goals to go along with seven assists ... played in 19 games with 15 starts ... named to Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week on 9/5 after compiling two goals and an assist in the opening two games of the season ... tallied an assist in three consecutive games from 9/11 – 9/20 ... posted two assists in a 6-0 victory over No. 11 N.C. State on 10/21 ... converted the winning penalty kick in a 5-4 shootout victory against No. 4 North Carolina in the ACC Championship game.
Prep: Was the 2004 NSCAA National High School Player of the Year ... named to the NSCAA Youth All-America and High School All-America teams, as well as the Parade Magazine All-America team in 2003 and 2004 ... was named as a 2004 EA Sports All-America and a 2004 Student Sports Soccer.com All-America ... has played with both the Under-18 and Under-20 National teams ... as a member of the Region I Olympic Development Program, was named to the adidas All-Star team at the USYSA Olympic Development Program Interregional event in Austin, Texas ... received the same accolades in 2003 at the ARCO National Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. ... led his Albertson Red Storm team to the USYSA National Championships in both 2003 and 2004 ... also led the Red Storm Academy to the Super-Y League National Championships in 2004 ... was an all-star at the adidas Elite Soccer Program (ESP) in the summer of 2004.
Personal: Born Mike Grella on January 23, 1987 ... son of Mike and Grace Grella ... has a brother, Frank.