Duke women’s soccer player Natasha Anasi was named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week. Anasi helped lead Duke to a 2-0 record in the UNC Nike Classic last week.
In two games, the 12th ranked Blue Devils allowed just ten total shots, as Anasi guided a very young Duke defense that had three freshmen at times over the weekend. In their first four games, Duke has allowed just one goal.
Anasi scored the game winning goal on Friday against Kennesaw State. The goal came in the 59th minute. It was her third career goal, but first since her sophomore season. It was also her second career game winning goal.
Duke then beat New Mexico on Sunday, 1-0 as well.
Kaitlyn Kerr took a shot in the 20th minute, got the rebound, and scored the game’s only goal. It was her first goal of the season and 24th of her career. It was the first goal scored by the Blue Devils during the first half so far this season.
Duke had plenty of chances to blow the game WIDE open, as they held a 19-2 shot advantage in the first half.
Sophomore Ali Kershner picked up her second shutout of the season (in her second start). She had two saves in 90 minutes.
However, Duke lost numerous players in the two games of the Nike Classic due to injuries and they will need to regroup quickly. The Blue Devils host one of the toughest tournaments of the season this weekend, another Nike Classic. Four teams are ranked in the top 12 nationally. At 6pm ET on Friday, Duke will host number 10 West Virginia. On Sunday, Duke will host number two UCLA at 1pm ET. Rival North Carolina, who is the top team in the country, is also playing in the tourney.