Natasha Anasi (16), Laura Weinberg (19), Mollie Pathman (30), Kim DeCesare (36) and Cassie Pecht (43) are ranked.DURHAM, N.C. – TopDrawerSoccer.com has released its preseason top 100 returning women’s soccer student-athletes in the nation with five Duke standouts in the top 43 of the listing.
Anasi started all 23 games for the Blue Devils at the center back position in 2012. A two-time NSCAA All-America and the 2011 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Anasi registered two assists last season and guided the Blue Devils to six shutouts on the year. The senior product of Arlington, Texas has helped lead Duke to 32 shutouts over the last three seasons.
A native of Boca Raton, Fla., Weinberg is coming off a breakout junior campaign collecting 16 goals, 12 assists and a school-record 44 points last season. Her 16 goals were tied for a team high and was a career high, while ranking tied for second on Duke’s single-season chart. Weinberg, a Soccer America MVP in 2012, also notched five game-winning goals and registered eight of her 16 goals against ACC opponents. Over her career, Weinberg has scored 34 goals and posted 86 points to rank tied for fourth and fifth, respectively, on Duke’s career lists.
Pathman, who is from Durham, N.C., is a two-time All-ACC selection at Duke. She has played in 63 career games, recording 15 goals and 22 assists over her three years with the Blue Devils. Pathman competed in only 16 matches a year ago due to representing the United States at the 2012 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan. The 5-4 senior totaled one goal and six assists in 2012.
A fifth-year senior out of Massapequa Park, N.Y., DeCesare was moved to the forward position in 2012 and flourished with a tied for team-best 16 goals, six assists and 38 points. Her five multi-goal games in 2012 set a new Blue Devil season record, while her 38 points was the fourth-best in school history. DeCesare, who was a second team All-ACC selection, had scored seven goals her first two years at Duke prior to her breakout season.
Duke's first National Freshman of the Year in school history, Pecht is coming off a record-breaking 2012 campaign with six goals, a Blue Devil freshman record 15 assists and 27 points. The native of Mechanicsville, Pa., Pecht led the NCAA in assists and ranked tied for ninth in the ACC in points. She scored or assisted in 15 of the 23 matches a year ago.
The Blue Devils will host Tennessee on Friday, Aug. 16 at 5:00 p.m., in an exhibition contest before hitting the road to open the 2013 regular season. Duke will face Texas A&M in College Station, Texas on Aug. 23 and then will take on South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on Aug. 25. Duke features eight home contests this season with all home games being played at Koskinen Stadium.
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