The Duke women’s soccer season is over, as they lost to the number one seed in their bracket, Penn State, in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament last weekend. However, the awards for their players keep rolling in.
On Wednesday, junior Natasha Anasi was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club‘s Hermann Trophy. This is the second straight year she was named a semifinalist. It is presented in January and is the most prestigious award given out in intercollegiate soccer.
Fans can help vote for the first time this year through LockerDome. NCAA Division I coaches who are also NSCAA members vote for their top choices from now until December 5th.
Anasi started all 23 games for Duke and logged a team high 2,017 minutes. She contributed two assists at the center back position and registered six shutouts. She was also named to the ACC’s second team following the season.
The other semifinalists are:
UCLA’s Zakiya Bywaters, North Carolina’s Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai, Florida State’s Ines Jaurena, BYU’s Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, Boston College’s Kristen Mewis, Virginia’s Carolina Miller, Florida’s Erika Tymrak, Georgetown’s Daphne Corboz, Stanford’s Alina Garciamendez and Rachel Quon, Julie Johnson (Santa Clara) and Penn State’s Maya Hayes and Christine Nairn.
On Thursday, freshman Cassie Pecht was named TopDrawerSoccer‘s National Rookie of the Year. She led the nation in assists with 15. This is the first such honor in the history of the Duke program. She was also named the ACC’s Rookie of the Year.
Pecht started every Duke match this season (all 23) and scored six goals to go along with her assists. Her 15 assists were a new Duke record for a freshman and they rank her second all-time in a single season. She either had a goal or an assist in 15 of Duke’s 23 matches this season.