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Blue Devils pick up postseason awards from Soccer America

This season the Blue Devils had a school-record 22 wins, including eight in the conference, and won the program's second-ever ACC regular season title. After setting these records on their way to the national championship game, Natasha Anasi, Kelly Cobb and head coach Robbie Church have been recognized by Soccer America for Duke's outstanding season.

Sophomore defender Anasi, also the ACC defender of the year, was named a Soccer America First Team MVP after her spectacular play in the heart of the Blue Devils defense. After stepping into the back line to replace the injured Ashley Rape, Anasi did not miss a beat and helped set a new single-season shutout record with 16.

Freshman striker Cobb was selected to the All-Freshman first team. Cobb burst onto the scene with 11 goals and nine assists, good for a team-high 31 points. These were both records for Duke freshmen, and her 11 goals made her the Blue Devils' joint leading scorer.

Church was named national coach of the year after leading a team unranked in the preseason to the national title game. His team doubled its 11 win total from 2010, and Duke became only the third program in ACC history to have more than 20 wins in one season.


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