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Meghan Thomas
Thomas to Return for Fifth Year
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/21/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – Coming off a season where she started a career-best 13 matches and posted a team-best 1.07 goals-against average, Meghan Thomas has decided to return for a fifth year with the Duke women’s soccer team.  

Thomas, who is a native of Castle Rock, Colo., had appeared in eight career matches over her first two years with the Blue Devils, but started the final 11 contests in 2013 as she helped propel Duke into the NCAA Elite Eight for the third straight year.  The 6-2 netminder collected four shutouts on the year, including a 1-0 blanking of sixth-ranked Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

“I am very excited for next year,” commented Thomas.  “I am looking forward to an excellent season with my teammates as well as the opportunity to kick start my career with a graduate degree. I am grateful to be a part of the team environment, which has always been an invaluable aspect of my life, for one last year.”

During the season, Thomas dealt with an injured shoulder that forced her to miss 10 matches early in the year.  Thomas underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn right labrum that was performed by team physician Dr. Alison Toth.   

Thomas will graduate from Duke in May with a degree in English along with a markets and management certificate.  She is planning on pursuing a graduate degree for her fifth year.   Thomas had the extra year of eligibility following a redshirt season in 2010.