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Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Church Adds Seven Signings for the Class of 2014
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/19/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University women’s soccer head coach Robbie Church announced on Wednesday the addition of seven signings for the 2014 campaign, which includes the top forward and the top defender in the class along with five players ranked in the top 75 by  Overall, the class has been tabbed No. 2 nationally by

“We are very excited to have this group join us,” commented Church.  “We think it’s one of the top classes in the country. As always at Duke, they are a wonderful group of ladies.  They do a great job in the classroom, on the field and in the community. So we are excited to bring them into our Duke Soccer family. It’s a big class with eight members and they cover a number of different positions. We’ve got all four lines -- two goalkeepers coming in, three backs, a midfielder and two front runners right now. So with the group we have returning, you add this group and it will be an exciting season.”

Mary Elizabeth Bender of Milwaukee, Wisc., Imani Dorsey of Elkridge, Md., Schuyler DeBree of Fair Haven, N.J., Casey Martinez of Towson, Md., Ashton Miller of Okemos, Mich., Abby Pyne of Dixmont, Maine, and Morgan Reid of Cary, N.C., will all attend Duke University in the fall and play soccer.

“All seven are going to have an opportunity to come in and make an impact,” said Church.  “We talked about it in the recruiting process that they are going to have a chance. They know we are losing a lot of talented players. Besides the normal interest, as they were scanning the rosters across the country, they saw there is a really good opportunity to come in and make an impact. It’s always interesting how incoming freshmen come in and fit in with the program, how they fit in with our academics, how they fit in with the university.  Those questions will be answered starting in August, but right now we are excited for them to sign.”

In the latest listing, Dorsey is listed as the No. 1 forward and Reid is the No. 1 defender.  Overall, the Blue Devils inked three players in the top 19 of the class – Dorsey (No. 3), Reid (No. 5) and Miller (No. 19).

A player-by-player listing is below:

Mary Elizabeth Bender
5-4  •  Defender  •  Milwaukee, Wisc. (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S.)

High School/Club:  
Listed as a “Player to Watch” by … made the Atlanta Silverbacks WL squad in the summer of 2013 … attended Saint Pius X Catholic H.S. in Atlanta, Ga., from freshman through junior years … guided St. Pius X Catholic H.S. to the 3AAA State Championship in 2013 … her H.S. squad posted region championships from 2012-13 … played club soccer for CFC Lady Chiefs Elite in Atlanta, Ga., from 2009-13, along with FC Wisconsin Eclipse/ECNL in 2014 … 2013 and 2011 Georgia State Cup semifinalist … 2012, 2011 and 2009 Region III Girls Premier League … fall 2010 Athena A Champions … will play and train senior year spring/summer season with FC Wisconsin Eclipse/ECNL.  

Full name is Mary Elizabeth Bender (nickname MEBS)  ... born November 10, 1995 ... daughter of Bob and Alice Bender ... has one brother, Trey (15) … her father, Bob, is the assistant bench coach for the Milwaukee Bucks ... her father, Bob, played basketball at Indiana (1975-76) before transferring to Duke (1977-80), played on the 1978 Duke team that lost to Kentucky in the Final 4 … assistant coach at Duke (1983-89), head coach at Illinois State (1989-93), head coach at the University of Washington (1993-2002), assistant bench coach for Philadelphia 76ers (2002-04) and Atlanta Hawks (2004-13) … has four relatives who are Duke graduates – maternal grandmother, Janet Ketner Hunter (’58), mother, Alice Hunter Bender (BA ’85, MBA ’89), father, Bob Bender (’80) and maternal aunt, Elizabeth Hunter Skidmore (BA ’87) … named to the Dean’s List as a sophomore and junior and National Honor Society as a junior and senior … received Honor Roll, First Honors as a senior...member of the National Society for High School Scholars ... received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2012 and 2013.

Church on Bender:
“MEBS has been around Duke for a long time. Her family went to Duke and she has attended a lot of soccer camps here at Duke. We welcome her into our program. She’s an unbelievable, great young lady. She’s worked extremely hard on soccer the last couple of years. She’s shown great improvement over the years and we are excited to bring her into the program. She will play in back for us as she can either play outside back or she can play center back. MEBS is a good passer of the ball. I think when we bring her into our program and surround her with a lot of good players you will see her really blossom into a great soccer player.”

Schuyler DeBree
5-7  •  Defender/Forward  •  Fair Haven, N.J. (Rumson-Fair Haven Regional H.S.)

National Team Experience:  
U-15 National Team Training in 2011 … U-14 National Team Training in 2010.

Regional Team Experience:  
New Jersey ODP from 2009-12 … Region I ODP from 2009-12.

High School/Club:  
Ranked No. 133 in the listing for the 2014 class … was No. 10 in the New Jersey regional rankings and the 29th best defender in the class …  Asbury Park Press All-Shore Girls Player of the Year as a senior … four-year starter and senior captain … competed in the 2013 Girls High School All-America game and was named East MVP … totaled 13 goals and 10 assists as a senior … received the John Cobb Senior Excellence Award Winner for Monmouth County, N.J., in 2013 … guided her high school team to the New Jersey Group II State Championship as a senior … New Jersey Star Ledger Third Team All-State her senior campaign … notched 13 goals and seven assists as a junior … Asbury Park Press Second Team all-Shore as a sophomore and junior … totaled 14 goals and four assists as a sophomore … scored six goals and had two assists her freshman year … 2013 ECNL U-17 National Champions with undefeated season with the PDA Slammers.

Full name is Schuyler Hesseltine DeBree  ... born September 5, 1996 in Charlotte, N.C. ... daughter of Derek & Genevieve DeBree ... has one brother, Emmett (15) … a four-time high school honor roll selection and two-time AP Scholar … member of the National Honors Society and Spanish Honors Society.

Church on DeBree:
“Schuyler Debree is a very good athlete and has played all over the field. She’s played as an outside back and played as a wide player in a 4-4-2. She’s played a number of years as a forward and scored a lot of goals at the youth and high school level, so she’s a very versatile player and that’s something that attracted us. Schuyler also can play center back, and she’s going to play some center back with her club team in the spring. She’s very quick, very fast, strikes a good ball, runs at players and she’s got a lot of soccer skill.  Our job will be to find what the best position is for her when she comes in so she will mesh with the incoming players and the retuning players on our team.”

Imani Dorsey
5-6  •  Forward/Midfielder  •  Elkridge, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel H.S.)

National Team Experience:  
U-18 National Team training camp in 2013 … U-17 National Team training camp in 2011 … U-15 National Team training camp in 2011.

Regional Team Experience:  
Maryland ODP First Team from 2007-10 … Region I Interregional Team from 2007-10.

High School/Club:  
Ranked as the No. 3 overall player in the class of 2014 by and listed as the No. 1 overall forward …2013 Gatorade Fall Player of the Year for the state of Maryland … three-time First Team All-Gazette and All-State honoree … as a senior, named NSCAA All-America, Gazette Player of the Year, Met Player of the Year and WCAC Player of the Year … a two-time WCAC First Team selection … posted 22 goals and seven assists her senior campaign … received the Good Counsel Coaches Award … guided her Good Counsel squad to back-to-back WCAC Championships as a junior and senior, along with the title as a freshman … First Team All-Metro … as a junior, notched five goals and one assist, but was injured during the season … Honorable Mention WCAC … notched 22 goals and eight assists as a sophomore … earned First Team All-Metro and NSCAA All-Region … received the Good Counsel MVP award … led her squad to the WCAC quarterfinals … totaled nine goals and 14 assists as a freshman … earned Second Team WCAC and Second Team All-Metro … competed for Maryland United FC ECNL U18 (formerly Freestate United and SAC United) … ECNL All-Event Team and ECNL Elite 11 Team … U15 National Finalist, U15 Disney Showcase Champions, U15 Jefferson Cup Champions, U15 National League Champions and U14 Regional Champions.

Full name is Imani Michelle Dorsey ... born March 21, 1996 in Towson, Md. ... daughter of Bruce & Kimberley Dorsey ... has two sisters, Nia (16) and Trinity (9) … National Honor Society Vice President … a four-time Principal List Honor roll selection.

Church on Dorsey:
“Imani is one of the top forwards in the country. She has the ability to beat you off the dribble. She’s got the ability to combine with other players and that’s the one thing that we are excited about. Imani can not only beat you off the dribble and can score herself, but she is such a good passer of the ball. She’s very good in the final third and is a great finisher.  Imani should have the opportunity to have an immediate impact on our program.”

Casey Martinez
5-4  •  Midfielder/Forward  •  Towson, Md. (McDonogh School)

National Team Experience:  
Current member of the U-18 Women’s National Team pool (2012-present) … U-15 National Team pool in 2010.

Regional Team Experience:  
Maryland State ODP (2009-11) … Region I Player Pool (2009-10) … Boca Interregional Team (2011).

High School/Club:  
Listed No. 67 in the rankings of the class of 2014 … ranked No. 7 in the Mid-Atlantic region and listed as the 18th-best forward in the class … totaled 49 goals and 44 assists at McDonogh School as a four-year letterwinner … competed in the Girls High School All-America game as a senior … a three-time IAAM “A” Conference Champion and a finalist as a junior … IAAM All-Conference and All-State First Team selection as a senior … captain her senior campaign … Baltimore Sun Player of the Week honoree as a sophomore … USYSA U-15 National Champion Finalist, Region I Champion Finalist and National League Champion in 2011 … ECNL U-17 Champions League playoffs and finals in 2013 … ECNL U-16 National finals in 2012 ... lettered in indoor and Outdoor Track & Field as a freshman … IAAM “A” Conference Champion for the 500, 400 and 800-Meter, 4x400 and 8x400 relays for indoor track … advanced to the national finals for the distance medley relay … outdoor track IAAM “A” Conference Champion in the 400 and 800-Meter, 4x400 and 8x400 relays.

Full name is Casey Jo Martinez ... born on September 3, 1996 in Towson, Md. ... daughter of Jacen and Debbie Martinez and Wendy and Matt Kwiatkowski ... has four brothers, Tyler Martinez (13), Ryan Martinez (11), AJ Kwiatkowski (13) and Wyatt Kwiatkowski (11) and two sisters, Tessa Kwiatkowski (9) and Maggie Kwiatkowski (7) ... her grandfather, Tippy Martinez, played professional baseball for 14 seasons (1974-88) and selected to the American League All-Star Team in 1983 … her father, Jacen, played baseball at Towson (1991-92) and went on to play minor league baseball in the Orioles and Mets organization … her mother, Wendy, was a gymnast at Towson (1989-92) … her aunt, Courtney Martinez Connor was a 2001 All-America at Maryland in lacrosse, while leading the Terps to five NCAA titles … Connor was the 2001 NCAA Championship MVP and was a four-time All-ACC selection … a Dean’s List selection all four years and first ballad Cum Laude inductee at McDonogh School.

Church on Martinez:
“Casey is an out and out attacking player; typically is a wide player. If you are playing a three-front she is a wide winger.  She loves to go to goal and score goals. Casey likes to assist players, run at the finish and puts a lot of pressure on defenders. She’s really good at the ball and strikes the ball well. You can’t have enough players like Casey who likes to score goals and who has a nose for the goal. She makes good runs off the ball and she is a good passer of the ball.  So we are excited about Casey joining us here at Duke.”

Ashton Miller
5-7  •  Midfielder/Forward  •  Okemos, Mich. (Okemos H.S.)

National Team Experience:  
2011 U-17 Women’s National Team player pool.

Regional Team Experience:  
2011-14 ID2 National Camp and U.S. National PDP participant … 2006-12 participant with ODP.

High School/Club:  
Ranked as the 19th-best player in the class of 2014 by … listed No. 7 in the Mid-Atlantic region … two-time All-State, All-Region and All-District selection as a sophomore and freshman … did not play high school soccer as a junior, instead played for the club team, Michigan Hawks … All-State and Dream Team honors as a freshman and sophomore … as a sophomore, tallied 15 goals and was the Michigan Gatorade H.S. Player of the Year runner-up … posted 11 goals as a freshman … has collected 49 goals for the Michigan Hawks club team … a four-time team captain for the Hawks … holds the school record in the mile (5:20).

Full name is Ashton Marie Miller ... born October 19, 1995 in Silver Spring, Md. ... daughter of Kelly & Shelby Miller … has two sisters, Taylor (23) and Chelsey (21) … her sister, Taylor, played soccer at Michigan State (2008-11) … her sister, Chelsey, played soccer at Michigan State (2010-11) … her father, Kelly, is an assistant hockey coach at Michigan State and played at Michigan State (1981-85) … he went on to play professionally from 1985-99 with the Rangers and Capitals … her father also coached professionally from 1999-2003 with the Anaheim Ducks … her mother, Shelby was a diver on the Michigan State swimming & diving team ( 1981) … 10 different members of the Miller family played hockey for Michigan State and five played professional hockey, including her cousin Ryan Miller, who is with Buffalo and cousin Drew Miller with Detroit … Ryan is a two-time Olympian with the United States  … member of National Honor Society and Student Council … Okemos H.S. Class Vice President.

Church on Miller:
“Ashton is one of the players that I am very, very excited about having in our program. She’s a midfielder and can play in both positions in the midfield. She can play as a low midfielder and a deep holding midfielder getting balls off the back. She’s a really good passer of the ball and that’s one of the things we really liked. Ashton is somebody that can link up either short balls or be able to play longer balls. She’s very smart and a very heady soccer player. Ashton, I think, will come in and really mesh well with our midfield. She also can play as an attacking midfielder and can score goals. We have seen her score a number of goals too, so it will be interesting to find out what will be the best fit for her in our program in the fall.”

Abby Pyne
6-1  •  Goalkeeper  •  Dixmont, Maine (The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn.)

National Team Experience:  
Competed with the U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-18 National Teams.

Regional Team Experience:  
Region I ODP squad with the U-13 through U-17 squads.

High School/Club:  
Ranked No. 75 in the class of 2014 by … listed as the second-best player in the Northeast Region and 10th-best goalkeeper in the class … All-America and All-Region honoree as a junior … a three-time All-League and All-State selection from 2010-12 … a four-time Maine State Champion … team captain as a junior and senior … missed her senior season with knee surgery … collected 10 shutouts and notched a 0.36 goals-against average her junior campaign … played club for FC Stars and Soccerplus for ECNL … named to the ECNL squad and traveled to England for the Olympics in 2012 for Nike … a four-year letterwinner in basketball, while earning All-League accolades from 2010-12.

Full name is Abigail Stebbins Pyne ... born September 24, 1996 ... daughter of John & Sandra Pyne ... has one sister, Sarah (18) and one brother, Chapin (12) … her father, John, graduated from Duke Medical School in 1984 … earned Loomis Chaffee School High Honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Church on Pyne:
“Abby has been committed to us for a number of years, so it’s going to be great to get Abby on campus. Unfortunately, Abby suffered an injury last year and had surgery so we are still not quite sure what her medical status will be when she arrives in August for the 2014 season, but she is a great kid. People really attract to Abby and she is very funny. She’s a great student, a great shot blocker and she has great size for a goalkeeper. Abby is one of the top goal keepers in the country and we are excited to bring her into our program.”

Morgan Reid
5-6  •  Defender  •  Cary, N.C. (Cardinal Gibbons High School)

National Team Experience:  
Member of 2012 U-17 United States World Cup team … traveled to Croatia and Spain with the U-17 National Team … competed with the U-17 team at the Ten Nations Event in Spain in 2012 … 2013 Elite Clubs National League Player Development program (Southeast).

Regional Team Experience:  
USYSA ’95 Regional III squad from 2010-11.

High School/Club:  
Listed No. 5 in the class of 2014 by … ranked as the No. 1 player in the South Atlantic Region and the No. 1 defender in the class … two-time NSCAA Youth Girls’ All-America honoree … two-time NCSCA All-State selection as a junior and sophomore … netted 21 goals and 23 assists as a junior … 2012-13 Cardinal Gibbons Female Athlete of the Year … guided her Crusader squad to the State Championship, including the championship-clinching goal versus Saint Stephens … helped lead her Cardinal Gibbons team to the state semifinals as a sophomore and 3A state runner-up as a freshman … helped lead H.S. team to only allowing seven goals all season … played three seasons of H.S. soccer along with Duke sophomore Christina Gibbons … competed with the CASL Chelsea Ladies ’94 (2011-present) … 2013 ECCNL U-18 Final Four … 2012 ECNL U-17 and 2011 ECNL U-16 National Champions … 2010 ECNL U-15 Nationals third-place finish … 2008 Super Y National Champions … a four-year letterwinner in basketball … became only the 10th player at Cardinal Gibbons to net 1,000 career points … a three-time Carolina Six First Team All-Conference and two-time team MVP … Carolina Six Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore.
Full name is Morgan Nicole Reid ... born June 13, 1995 in Cleveland, Ohio  ... daughter of Brian & Cheryl Reid … has three brothers, Justin (17), Jake (15) and Jason (12), along with one sister, Madison (12) … her father, Brian, wrestled at Ohio State from 1986-90 … her mother, Cheryl, played basketball at Ohio State (1987-91), her grandfather, George Reid, wrestled at Purdue (1961-65) and was the head wrestling coach at Georgia (1973-79) … her uncle, Warren Reid, wrestled at Oklahoma (1967-69) and was an assistant coach at Alabama (1975-78) … her uncle, Tom Reid, wrestled at American (1961-62), her uncle, John Reid, wrestled at Trenton State (1971-75) … her uncle, Jamie Perozek, played basketball at Mount Vernon Nazarene College (1990-94) … a four-time member of the A Honor Roll … two-time member of the National Honor Society.

Church on Reid:
“We have watched Morgan for a number of years. Morgan’s a great young lady, a world class athlete and she is an unbelievable competitor. Morgan is a great basketball player as well for Cardinal Gibbons and she is one of the top women’s soccer players in the country. So that mixture of the competitiveness, athleticism, skill and knowledge of the game, will bring a lot to the table here at Duke.”