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Michelle Cooper named First-Team All-American for Duke women's soccer

Michelle Cooper scored two goals against St. John's and broke the record for single-season goals for a freshman.
Michelle Cooper scored two goals against St. John's and broke the record for single-season goals for a freshman.

It’d been a few years since the Blue Devils had a first-team All-American. For one last mark in her historic season, striker Michelle Cooper changed that.

Cooper was named a first-team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches, Duke’s first such awardee since striker Kayla McCoy in 2018. She’s not only the first freshman in Duke history to earn All-American honors as a freshman, but the first freshman to make First-Team since Stanford virtuosa midfielder Catarina Macario.

It’s hard to overstate what Cooper accomplished this season, and the stats speak for themselves:

  • 10th in the Power 5 in goals per game and points per game (3rd in the ACC)
  • 11th in Power 5 shots per game (2nd ACC)
  • Duke freshman scoring record
  • Sixth in points per game in Blue Devil history
  • Two away from a tie for seventh in single-season goals for Duke
  • One away from a tie for seventh in multi-goal games
  • One away from a tie for fifth in game-winning goals

And the praise heaped upon her could not have been more effusive.

Cooper is the fifth Duke Blue Devil forward to be named an All-American, and the eighth first-team selection for the program.

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