DURHAM, N.C. – The duo of Ella Stevens and Mackenzie Coles have been named Duke women’s soccer team captains for the upcoming 2019 campaign, head coach Robbie Church announced Monday. The captains were named following a team vote.
Stevens has seen action in 71-career matches, starting 61 of those at both the midfield and forward slots. The Grayson, Ga., native has been one of the best in program history when it comes to assists, dishing out 28 through her first three seasons. That puts her fourth in DWS history and 14 behind the school record of 42 held by Andi Melde (1994-97). A member of the 2018 All-ACC Second Team, Stevens tied her career high with 11 last season, leading a Blue Devil squad that finished fifth in the ACC and 20th nationally with 44 dimes. Stevens has also tallied 16 goals, eight of those counting as game winners, for a total of 60 points.
A native of Wexford, Pa., Coles has been a crucial part to the Blue Devils success with her work in practices and relentless dedication to her teammates from the sidelines during games. Despite not seeing the field the previous two years, Coles continues to bring 100 percent in practice on a daily basis and works relentlessly to make those around her better both on and off the field. For her leadership throughout the 2018 campaign, Coles was one of three Blue Devils to be awarded the Most Inspirational Player honor by her teammates.
Behind the leadership of Stevens and Coles, the Blue Devils will look to carry over the momentum from a successful 2018 campaign that saw them rack up 16 victories, the fifth most in program history, en route to its 24th NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth-straight Round of 16 showing. Duke put together eight wins in ACC play to earn a second-place finish in the conference, finishing in the top three in the league for the third-straight season. The 25 ACC wins over that span mark the best three-year stretch in ACC play in DWS history.
The Blue Devils get the 32nd season in program history rolling with a pair of exhibition matches, hosting Campbell on Monday, Aug. 12, before heading to Athens, Ga., to face the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday, Aug. 16. Duke’s 2019 regular season gets underway Aug. 22-25 in Chapel Hill at the 2019 Carolina Nike Tournament, as Duke takes on LaSalle (Thursday, Aug. 22) and rival North Carolina (Sunday, Aug. 25(.
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