DURHAM, N.C. – For the sixth time in the past eight seasons, the Duke women’s soccer program has closed out a season nationally ranked in the top 10, as they received the No. 10 spot in the final United Soccer Coaches poll of the 2018 season.
This is the fourth-straight season the Blue Devils have earned a final ranking inside the top 10 in the coaches’ poll, with a No. 2 spot in 2015, No. 7 in 2015 and No. 3 in 2017.
ACC foe Florida State, which claimed its second NCAA title, topped the chart. North Carolina, Stanford, Georgetown, UCLA, Southern California, Tennessee, Penn State, Baylor and Duke rounded out the top 10.
The Blue Devils earned a 12th-ranked finish in the TopDrawerSoccer.com final rankings and the 11th spot in Soccer America’s final poll.
Duke closed out its 31st year of play with 16 wins, fifth most in program history. The Blue Devils put together eight wins in ACC play to earn a second-place finish in the conference. Duke has finished in the top three in the league for the third-straight season, accumulating 25 conference wins for the best three-year stretch in ACC play in DWS history.
Led by five All-ACC selections, the Blue Devils made their 24th NCAA Tournament in history and sixth-straight appearance in the Round of 16. Kayla McCoy earned All-ACC First Team honors, while Taylor Racioppi landed on the second team and Ella Stevens on the third. Delaney Graham and Sydney Simmons rounded out Duke’s conference honorees, earning a spot on the ACC All-Freshman squad.
Duke's group of four seniors closed out their Blue Devil careers as the winningest class in program history, racking up 68 total wins in their four years. Over their careers, McCoy, Racioppi, Chelsea Burns and Kat McDonald made two College Cups, one Quarterfinals appearance and a Round of 16 showing this season.
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