DURHAM, N.C. – The trio of Imani Dorsey, Ashton Miller and EJ Proctor have been tabbed tri-captains for the 2017 campaign Duke women’s soccer head coach Robbie Church announced Monday. The captains were named following a vote by team members.
Dorsey has seen action in 62 career matches, while starting 53 at both the midfield and forward slots. She owns 15 goals, 12 assists and 42 career points. Dorsey is coming off a junior campaign where she notched seven goals, seven assists and 21 points. She started 22-of-23 matches and earned All-ACC second team honors. A product of Elkridge, Md., Dorsey ranked seventh in the ACC in points, tied sixth in assists and fourth in shots (70) a year ago.
A mainstay in the midfield since arriving at Duke, Miller has started 60-of-63 career matches in a Blue Devil uniform. She owns nine goals, 10 assists and 28 points in those contests. A native of Okemos, Mich., Miller was an All-ACC third team selection as a sophomore as she collected 15 points. The junior collected goals against second-ranked West Virginia and fifth-ranked Florida State this past season and logged 1,572 minutes.
Proctor, who is one of the top goalkeepers in the nation, owns the second and third best single-season goals-against average in school history with ledgers of 0.63 and 0.64 in each of the last two years. A junior from Wilson, N.C., Proctor has tallied 21 shutouts in three years to rank fourth on Duke’s all-time charts. She will enter her senior campaign starting 48 straight matches for the Blue Devils. She is coming off a season where she collected 10 shutouts and a 0.63 goals-against average in 2,127:15 minutes.
As a team, the Blue Devils return 10 starters and a wealth of experience in 2017. Duke welcomes back nine of its top 11 scorers from its squad that advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals a year ago. Headlining the returners are leading scorer Ella Stevens (10 goals), Dorsey (7 goals) and Taylor Racioppi (11 points in 11 matches).
Most of the defense that collected 11 shutouts in 2017 comes back as well led by Proctor, who was the 2015 NCAA College Cup Most Outstanding Player on Defense. Other defensive starters back will be Schuyler DeBree, Morgan Reid, Rebecca Quinn and Chelsea Burns.
Duke featured numerous injuries to key contributors a year ago and those standouts will be back in 2017 – Kayla McCoy, Quinn and Racioppi. Other returning letterwinners include Miller, Olivia Erlbeck, Casey Martinez, Mia Gyau, Mary Love Taylor, Lexi Magliarditi, Malinda Allen, Kat McDonald, Ana Munro, Emma Carlson, Mackenzie Coles and Emily Wilson.
Duke will also welcome one of the top recruiting classes in the nation along with redshirt freshman goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn, who missed the 2016 campaign as she was playing with the U.S. U-20 women’s national team.
The Blue Devils will feature an exhibition match Saturday, Aug. 12 versus Clemson before opening the regular season Friday, Aug. 18 versus North Carolina in the UNC Nike Classic.