DURHAM, N.C.--Four members of the Duke University men’s soccer team were selected to the 2017 All-ACC Men’s Soccer Teams in a vote of the league’s coaches as announced by the league office Tuesday morning. Senior Brian White headlined the contingent with second team honors, while classmates Markus Fjørtoft and Carter Manley and rookie Will Pulisic picked up third team recognition.
White earns second team accolades for the second consecutive season and Fjørtoft, Manley and Pulisic garner All-ACC awards for the first time in their careers. Pulisic also was voted to the All-Freshman squad. Duke’s four selections are the fourth most in the league behind the five from North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. Pulisic is one of three rookies voted to one of the All-ACC squads.
Duke’s leading scorer with nine goals and two assists for 20 points, White repeats as a second-team choice. He currently ranks seventh in the ACC in goals and 12th in points. Both totals are career-bests for the senior captain as he helped Duke to its best ACC regular season finish since a third-place showing in 2011. White recorded his first career multiple-goal game against Fordham in August and owns tallies in eight games overall. He netted the game-winning goals against Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Appalachian State. For his career, White has 22 goals and 10 assists for 54 points.
A starter in all 72 of the games he has played, Fjørtoft has been a staple as a center back for the Blue Devils. He has missed just 181 minutes in his four seasons as he has helped Duke to 14 shutouts during his career. An aerial threat for the Blue Devils on set pieces, the Norway native also has seven goals and two assists to his name, including the game winner at Syracuse this season. He also had the tying goal in a 3-2 win over High Point earlier in the year. His senior season has been his best, guiding Duke to seven shutouts and a 0.97 goals against average and scoring three goals.
Manley, arguably Duke’s best one-on-one defender, has been a steady force for Duke at right back this season. His strength and intelligence on the ball have been crucial in the Blue Devils posting seven shutouts and holding opponents to a nine shots per game average. An attacking-minded defender, Manley is highly effective in going forward and has a team-best five assists this season. For his career, the Elkridge, Md., native has played in 55 games with 49 starts and has a goal and 12 assists for 14 points.
Pulisic rounds out the All-ACC honorees as the first Duke goalkeeper to earn the recognition since James Belshaw in 2012. He is the first Blue Devil rookie to land on an All-ACC squad since Andrew Wenger in 2009. Pulisic, sporting the ACC’s best save percentage at .763 and the second-most shutouts at seven, is the eighth different Duke goalie to capture an All-ACC nod. He has played every minute this season and has 58 saves and a 0.97 goals against average. He was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week following his seven stops, including one on a penalty kick, in a 0-0 draw at Notre Dame. In Duke’s victory at Georgetown, Pulisic made a career-high eight stops.
Duke, 12-4-2 overall, and third in the latest RPI will await its NCAA Tournament fate when the bracket is revealed Nov. 13 at 1 p.m., on NCAA.com. The Blue Devils anticipate a top 16 seed and a first-round bye as they make their first appearance in the NCAA postseason event since 2011.