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Women's Soccer Inks Class of 2005
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/26/2001
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DURHAM, N.C. (Feb. 26) -- Duke head women's soccer coach Bill Hempen has announced the signing of four high school student-athletes to national letters of intent. Carly O'Connor, Casey McCluskey, Lauren Simel, and Katie Straka will join the Blue Devils for the 2001 season.

O'Connor, a defender from Kentfield, Calif., lettered four years in soccer at The Branson School. She was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 1999. She also earned Best Defensive Player in 1998, and captained the team during the 2000 campaign. She has earned NSCAA All-America honors and is a member of the Region IV Olympic Development Regional pool.

McCluskey, a forward from Fairfax, Va., was a first team All-Met player at West Springfield High School. She earned first team All-State honors and received All-District and All-Region accolades. Before joining the 2000 state champion BRYC Omni, she played for five-time state champion Elite. She is a members of the Region I Olympic Development Program. and was recently named to the NSCAA All-America team.

Simel is a forward from Durham, N.C., and attended Durham Jordan High School. During her sophomore and junior years, she earned All-State honors and was also named the Conference Player of the Year. She played for the club team, Greensboro Twisters, which won the State Cup championship in 1998, 1999, and 2000. She is also a member of the Region III Olympic Development Pool, and in 1999, she traveled with the Region III team to Europe and played with current Duke forward Gwendolyn Oxenham.

Straka, a goalkeeper from Barrington, Ill., earned All-Area and All-Conference honors at William Fremd High School. She played for three-time state champion Sockers F.C., which was a 1999 regional semifinalist. She was named to the Midwest Regional Team and was a member of the National Honor Society.

The Duke University women's soccer team finished the 2000 season with a 14-8-1 overall record and lost to Clemson University 2-1 in overtime in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.