DURHAM, N.C.—Duke men’s soccer trio of Brian White, Markus Fjørtoft and Carter Manley continue to collect postseason honors, earning United Soccer Coaches All-South Region recognition for their stellar play on the field. They are the first Blue Devils to garner all-region recognition since 2015.
White leads the way with first-team accolades, while Fjørtoft and Manley picked up second-team awards. White’s first-team nod is the first since Sean Davis in 2014, while the three players named to the team are the most since four were selected in 2010. The first team featured 10 Atlantic Coast Conference players as the conference dominated the All-South Region team with 25 of the 33 picks.
A two-time All-ACC second-team choice, White earns his first all-region award after leading the Blue Devils in scoring with 10 goals and two assists for 22 points. He currently ranks 10th in the ACC in goals and eighth in points and is one of 53 Division I players to record double-digit goals so far this season. 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 finished his season with tallies in nine games overall. He netted the game-winning goals against Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Appalachian State. For his career, White has 23 goals and 10 assists for 56 points. He played in 73 games overall with 63 starts.
A starter in all 73 of the games he has played, Fjørtoft has been a staple as a center back for the Blue Devils. He garnered All-ACC third team recognition this season and was crucial in Duke finishing fourth in the ACC and earning the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Championships. He has missed just 181 minutes in the 73 games he has appeared in in his four seasons. In the past four seasons, he helped Duke to 14 shutouts, including seven this season.
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, captaining Duke to seven shutouts and a 1.01 goals against average and scoring three goals.
Manley, arguably Duke’s most versatile and best one-on-one defender, collected his first all-region award after helping anchor a strong year for the Blue Devil defense. A starter in all 20 games this season, Manley was superb as a right outside back as Duke posted seven shutouts en route to a fourth-place finish in the ACC and a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
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 58 games with 52 starts and has a goal and 12 assists for 14 points.
The Blue Devils finished the 2017 campaign with a 13-4-3 overall record and took fourth in the ACC regular season standings. The six-game improvement from a year ago matched the best one-year turnaround in Duke history, while the 13 wins are the second-most under head coach John Kerr. Duke, earning a top 16 seed for the first time since 2006, advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 before falling in heartbreaking fashion in penalty kicks to Fordham.