DURHAM, N.C.-The Duke University men's soccer team finished the 2012 season with an 8-8-2 overall record. Lone senior James Belshaw led the way in the awards collection category, earning NSCAA All-America third team honors, while junior defender Sebastien Ibeagha was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
2012 Highlights and Notes
Duke finished the season with an 8-8-2 overall record and was the seventh seed in the ACC Tournament
Junior center back Sebastien Ibeagha was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after anchoring Duke's backline to nine shutouts. Ibeagha is Duke's second ACC Defensive Player of the Year since the award began in 2004
Senior goalkeeper James Belshaw earned NSCAA All-America third team honors, while Ibeagha captured All-America third team recognition from College Soccer News
Ibeagha led all Duke scorers with five goals and two assists for 12 points
Ibeagha and Belshaw both garnered All-ACC first team accolades, while Sean Davis was a second team choice and Zach Mathers landed on the All-Freshman squad.
Belshaw, Ibeagha and Mathers also were selected to the NSCAA All-South Region squads, earning first, second and third team honors, respectively
For the second straight season Belshaw garnered Scholar All-America recognition, earning first team honors
Duke by the Numbers in 2012 0.70- Duke's goals against average in 2012, the lowest GAA for the Blue Devils since the 1987 squad posted a 0.63 GAA 21 - Career shutouts by senior James Belshaw to rank third in Duke history 8 - Shutouts by James Belshaw in 2012 to rank eighth in Duke single season history 31 - Points by Duke freshmen and sophomores this season with eight goals and 15 assists 4 - Times Duke allowed more than one goal in a game this season 9 - Duke's rank among Division I programs in goals against average 11 -James Belshaw's rank among Division I goalkeepers in goals against average 12 - ACC goalkeepers, including Duke's James Belshaw in 2012, who have garnered NSCAA All-America recognition since 1973 54 - Seniors, one of which is Duke senior goalkeeper James Belshaw, invited to the 2013 adidas MLS combine 3 - First-half goals allowed by Duke in 2012
Tale of the Tape
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Shutout Streaks The Blue Devils put together two impressive shutout streaks during the year ... In September, Duke posted three consecutive shutouts en route to prolonging a shutout streak to 403:22 ... Late in the year, behind a stellar defense and goalkeeper, Duke kept opponents off the scoreboard for 421:40.
First Half Scoring Goals were hard to come by in the first half this season when Duke was involved ... The Blue Devils allowed just three first-half goals and netted seven scores in the opening 45 minutes.
Narrow Losses All eight of Duke's losses were by just one goal ... The Blue Devils were shut out in four of those games ... In Duke's 18 games this season, it never allowed more than two goals and only allowed two in the four 2-1 setbacks on the year.
Belshaw Anchored Stalwart Defense Senior James Belshaw anchors the Blue Devils' stalwart back line that finished ranked second in the ACC in goals against average (0.70) ... That GAA was the lowest for the Blue Devils since the 1987 squad posted a 0.63 goals against average ... Belshaw had eight shutouts for the year and 21 in his career ... His eight shutouts are tied for eighth in Duke single season history, while his 21 are tied for third in Duke career history.
Belshaw Ranks Among Best Senior James Belshaw graduated as one of the best goalkeepers in Duke soccer history ... A four-year starter with 21 shutouts to his name, the Nottingham, England native owns a 1.04 goals against average and a .766 save percentage for his career.
Duke Defense Provided Scoring Punch Duke center backs Sebastien Ibeagha and Zach Mathers combined for 20 points this season with six goals and six assists ... Ibeagha completed his junior campaign with five tallies and two assists, while Mathers had two goals and four assists.
Young Blue Devils Contributed Offensively The Blue Devils received 38 of their 61 points this season from either freshmen or sophomores ... The talented group of underclassmen combined for eight goals and 15 assists, including four game-winning scores.
Sebastien Ibeagha Led All Duke Scorers Junior center back Sebastien Ibeagha had a standout junior season, anchoring Duke's backline to nine shutouts and leading the offense with five goals and 12 points overall.
Mathers a Marathon Man Prior to the 2-0 shutout against Davidson, freshman Zach Mathers had played all 1192 minutes for the Blue Devils, the lone player to do so ... With 30 minutes to go against the Wildcats, Mathers was substituted out of the game for nine minutes ... Overall he played in all but nine minutes this season, ranking tied for second among Duke field players in minutes played.
First Off the Bench Duke generally played 14-15 players in a game ... A host of players were the first call to check in with sophomore Matt Slotnick leading the way.
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Blue Devils Get First Collegiate Points A host of Blue Devils registered their first career points this season ... Overall eight different players scored either their first career goal or assist in a Duke uniform in 2012.
Duke Fields Young Squad in 2012 Ten Duke underclassmen started at least one game for the Blue Devils this season ... Three freshmen started at least one game, including rookie Zach Mathers starting all 18 contests ... Overall, seven of the 10 Duke underclassmen have played at least 1000 minutes in 2012.