DURHAM, N.C. – One of the greatest seasons in program history officially wrapped up Sunday evening, as the Duke women’s soccer team held its annual banquet to celebrate the 2017 campaign. Under the direction of 2017 ACC Coach of the Year Robbie Church, the Blue Devils captured the ACC regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the fourth time in history and the second time in the last three years.
A total of six awards were given out on the evening including Newcomer of the Year, Most Inspirational Player, Coaches Award, Most Outstanding Offensive Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Valuable Player. All awards except for the Coaches Award were voted on by the student-athletes.
Redshirt senior Rebecca Quinn and senior EJ Proctor were tabbed the squad’s Most Valuable Players, while Imani Dorsey was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player and Schuyler DeBree earned Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors. Taylor Mitchell was tabbed Newcomer of the Year, Ashton Miller was voted the team’s Most Inspirational Player and the duo of Kayla McCoy and Mia Gyau earned the Coaches Award.
Quinn wrapped up an illustrious career with the Blue Devils, capturing United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America honors and being named All-ACC First Team and the program’s first ACC Midfielder of the Year. Quinn, who was also a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, finished her career with eight goals and nine assists while seeing 5,499 minutes of action as one of the nation’s top midfielders. The Toronto, Canada native became the highest drafted player in program history in January when she was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft by the Washington Spirit.
Proctor capped her four-year career with a senior season for the record books as she established herself as one of the best to stand between the posts in DWS history. An All-ACC First Team honoree, Proctor led a Duke defense that was top 10 nationally in goals against average (0.38) and posted a school record 18 shutouts. On the career side, Proctor posted a school best 35 shutouts, 0.65 GAA and nine shutouts in NCAA Tournament play. The Wilson, N.C. native also owns three of the top four spots in single-season shutouts and GAA, setting the school records this season with 14 clean sheets and a 0.35 average. The visual and media studies major also excelled in the classroom, sporting a 3.58 GPA and earning United Soccer Coaches Second Team Scholar All-America and CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Dorsey turned in a senior season that saw her tally 14 goals and 10 assists for 38 points while tying the school record with a goal in six-straight contests from Aug. 20 – Sept. 8. A United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American, National Scholar Athlete of the Year and the 2017 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Dorsey was taken with the fifth pick in the 2018 NWSL Draft by Sky Blue FC. Elkridge, Md., native was also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and joined Quinn as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
DeBree ended her Blue Devil career as the leader of the one of the best backlines in the nation in 2017. The United Soccer Coaches All-American started all 26 matches, playing a team-high 2,341 minutes and going the distance in 22 contests. The Fair Haven, N.J., nativeled a defensive unit that shut out a school-record 18 opponents, including a program-best eight ACC foes. DeBree also contributed a goal, as she scored the first of her career off a 45-yard free kick at Boston College (Oct. 19), landing at No. 6 on SportsCenter’s Top 10. The senior capped her career by being selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft by the Washington Spirit.
Mitchell was also a fixture on that Duke backline, as she stepped up and played a major role in Duke’s historic season. The Tarzana, Calif., native played in all 26 contests, drawing 23 starts and playing 2,165 minutes. For her defensive dominance, Mitchell was tabbed to the All-ACC Freshman Team and was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Freshman Best XI.
Another one of Duke’s standout senior class, Miller saw time in 25 matches in 2017, scoring three goals and tallying a pair of assists for eight points. The Okemos, Mich., native picked up her third All-ACC honor, as she earned Third Team honors. Miller was one of the program-record six Blue Devils taken in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, being selected with the 22nd pick by the Boston Breakers.
McCoy picked up the Coaches Award for the second-straight season, as she returned from an Achilles injury that sidelined her for the final 14 games in 2016 to have a standout junior campaign that saw her earn All-ACC First Team honors. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native set career highs across the board with her 14 scores, seven assists and 35 points and also topped the team with a pair of multi-goal contests and is tied for second in the Duke record book with four such contests in her career.
Gyau earned starts in Duke’s first three contests before suffering a season-ending ACL and MCL tear against Bucknell on Aug. 25. Despite being unable to play, Gyau continued to be a constant presence on the sidelines of Duke practices and games, bringing energy and encouragement to her teammates as the squad made its run to the NCAA College Cup.
The 2017 Duke women’s soccer squad orchestrated one of the greatest seasons in school history, highlighted by 13 broken school records and the program’s fourth NCAA College Cup appearance. The Blue Devils amassed a program-record 23 victories in 2017 and went 10-0-0 in conference play en route to claiming the 2017 ACC regular season championship for the third time in history. Duke’s rewriting of the record book did not stop there, as it also set the school record for shutouts (18), home wins (15), ACC wins (10), ranked victories (9) ACC shutouts (8) and ACC goal differential (+20). Duke advanced to its 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance and 14th in the last 15 seasons, while also being awarded with the second No. 1 seed in school history, with the other coming in 2011. Individually, the Blue Devils produced a school record three United Soccer Coaches All-Americans, as well as a school-best and league-high nine All-ACC stars. Duke's star-studded staff of Church, Erwin van Bennekom, Carla Overbeck and Lane Davis were tabbed the United Soccer Coaches National Staff of the Year for their efforts during the historical campaign, the first time in program history a DWS staff has received the honor.
2017 Duke Women’s Soccer Awards
MVP – EJ Proctor & Rebecca Quinn
Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Imani Dorsey
Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Schuyler DeBree
Newcomer of the Year – Taylor Mitchell
Most Inspirational Player – Ashton Miller
Coaches Award – Kayla McCoy & Mia Gyau