Natasha Anasi, Kim DeCesare, Kaitlyn Kerr, Mollie Pathman and Laura Weinberg all have been preparing for a hopeful professional career.DURHAM, N.C. – As the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft approaches on Friday, Jan. 17 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., Duke University senior’s
The draft will start at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on Friday and will consist of a total of 36 selections made over four rounds, the order for which was originally set by reverse finish at the end of the 2013 NWSL regular season.
Washington Spirit will have the first pick followed by Houston Dash, Chicago Red Stars (3-4), FC Kansas City, Sky Blue FC, Seattle Reign FC, Boston Breakers and Western New York Flash in the first round.
Anasi, a product of Arlington, Texas, played in 97 contests and started her final 73 straight matches, while leading Duke to 39 shutouts on the defensive end. She collected four career goals and six assists to go along with three game-winning tallies. Anasi’s 97 matches played set a new Duke career mark along with fellow senior Laura Weinberg. She is one of only two multiple All-America selections in school history, was a 2011 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and Duke’s first finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2011.
After moving to the forward position as a junior, DeCesare flourished as a scorer for the Blue Devils posting 22 goals over the last two seasons. For her career, she finished with 29 goals, 15 assists and 73 points. DeCesare’s 29 goals ranked sixth all-time at Duke and her 73 points were ninth. As a senior, she earned All-ACC Third Team accolades, while being selected to the All-ACC Second Team her junior campaign. DeCesare, who is out of Massapequa Park, N.Y., concluded her career with nine game-winning goals and six contests with two more tallies.
A native of Bensalem, Pa., Kerr concluded her Duke career as one of the top goal scorers in Blue Devil history with 28 goals, 20 assists and 76 points. The midfielder made her presence felt in the NCAA Tournament with a Duke record nine goals and 20 points during the postseason. Her 28 goals ranked tied seventh, 76 points was eighth and 20 assists were tied eighth on the Blue Devil charts. A NSCAA Third Team All-America and First Team All-ACC honoree as a sophomore, Kerr also earned NSCAA All-Southeast Region accolades as a junior.
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, who is a native of Durham, N.C., collected 29 assists, 17 goals and 63 points over her four years. Her 29 assists ranked third on the Duke career record books and Pathman’s eight assists in NCAA Tournament play was a Blue Devil record. Pathman was a two-time All-ACC selection and member of the 2011 NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team. She helped lead the U.S. U-20 squad to the gold medal at the 2012 U-20 World Cup.
Weinberg, a forward from Boca Raton, Fla., made her presence felt on the field from the very beginning with the Blue Devils as she tallied 10 goals as a freshman, which at the time matched a school record. She went on to put the ball in the net 39 career times, post 22 assists and tally 100 points over her four years. Her 39 goals ranked third and 100 points ranked second at Duke. Weinberg played in a Duke record 96 matches, notched 10 game-winning goals and featured eight games with two or more tallies. She was a Soccer America MVP selection as a junior and a three-time All-ACC honoree.
Teams will have five minutes during which to make their selection in the first round and then three minutes in each subsequent round. Each club will also have one five-minute timeout per round, which may be used for further discussion, rule clarification, or trade discussion at any time in that round.
The draft will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and will be open to the public. Fans will also be able to follow the draft on NWSLsoccer.com as well as on Twitter (@NWSL).
Over the last four years, the senior class posted a 57-27-13 mark, led Duke to the 2011 NCAA Championship match, three straight NCAA Elite Eight appearances and the ACC regular season title in 2011.