DURHAM, N.C. – One of the best seasons in Duke women’s soccer history added another note on the list of accomplishments as the Blue Devils finished the year at No. 3 in the United Soccer Coaches, Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer top 25 rankings.
This is the highest the Blue Devils have capped a season in the USC top 25 (formerly the NSCAA) since finishing second in 2015. Duke has now finished in the top 10 in five of the past seven seasons.
Stanford, which claimed its second NCAA title, was No. 1. UCLA, Duke, South Carolina, Penn State, Florida, Princeton, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia rounded out the top 10.
Duke finished its historic 2017 campaign with a 23-2-1 overall record and a perfect 10-0-0 mark in conference action. The ACC regular season champions broke numerous school records, including single-season victories, shutouts (18), ranked wins (10), home victories (15), ACC wins (20) and ACC shutouts (8).
Individually, the Blue Devils were paced by a number of stars throughout the season, including All-American seniors Imani Dorsey, Rebecca Quinn and Schuyler DeBree. The trio also earned three of the ACC’s top honors with Dorsey being named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Quinn ACC Midfielder of the Year and DeBree ACC Defender of the Year, as well as Robbie Church earning ACC Coach of the Year honors.
Dorsey and Kayla McCoy each tallied a team-high 14 goals, pacing a Duke offense that stood second nationally in points with 171 and third with 60 goals. The Blue Devils tallied a 2.31 scoring offense that was ninth nationally, while their 51 assists came in at sixth, led by Ella Stevens' 11 assists that were sixth nationally. The Blue Devils’ offense finished the year leading the ACC in all four categories. All-ACC First Team senior keeper EJ Proctor anchored one of the nation’s top defenses, helping Duke top the ACC in goals against average (0.38), shutout percentage (.692) and save percentage (.841) while finishing sixth, seventh and 34th in the nation, respectively. Individually, she capped one of the greatest careers by a keeper in school history, finishing with the school records for career shutouts (35) and goals against average (0.65) as well as single-season clean sheets (14) and GAA (0.35).
Proctor also claimed third in the nation in shutouts and seventh in GAA for the 2017 campaign.
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