There was some good news at the end of last week for the Duke men’s soccer team. Then came the bad news on Monday: they were not selected for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. So their season came to an end on a sour note, with a loss in the ACC Quarterfinals to rival North Carolina. Five ACC teams made the tournament (UNC, Maryland, Boston College, Wake Forest, and Virginia).
Now to the good news.
Junior center back Sebastien Ibeagha was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year. He was also voted onto the All-ACC first team by the coaches. This season, he was a threat on both offense and defense. He led the team with five goals and two assists. He also anchored the backline to nine shutouts.
Joining Ibeagha on the first team was senior goalie James Belshaw. He is the first goalie in Duke history (just the ninth in ACC history) to make the first team in two seasons.
Belshaw scored the first goal of his career on a penalty shot against Clemson in 2012. He recorded a career-high eight shutouts and a career low 0.69 goals against. In his career, he played over 7000 minutes.
Duke’s goals against average in 2012 (0.70) is their lowest since 1987.
Sophomore center midfielder Sean Davis earned second team honors, as he started all 18 games and played in all but 18 minutes. He registered two assists on the season, including the game winner against SIU Edwardsville in the regular season finale.
Freshman Zach Mathers was named to the All-Freshmen team. He was part of the nine shutouts on the season. He also scored two goals and had four assists. His first career goal was the game winner against Virginia Tech. He led all field players with 1,652 minutes played on the season.