DURHAM, N.C. – After dominating her senior season in all facets, Duke senior Imani Dorsey was named the United Soccer Coaches Division I Women’s National Scholar Athlete of the Year Wednesday, the organization announced.
The Elkridge, Md., native becomes the second player in school history to earn the honor as the nation’s top scholar athlete, as Christina Gibbons earned the award last season.
Dorsey’s 2017 academic laurels also include being tabbed a CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team honoree and a USC Scholar All-American.
A United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American, Dorsey was a major key in one of the most successful seasons in Duke women’s soccer history. Duke posted a 23-2-1 record on the year, earning its 23rd NCAA Tournament bid, second No. 1 seed and fourth trip to the College Cup. The Blue Devils also put together a perfect 10-0-0 ledger in conference play, capturing their third ACC regular season championship in school history while becoming the first team to finish perfect in league play since Virginia in 2013.
Duke’s 2017 season has featured a number of other impressive marks as well, headlined by a program best 19-game winning streak that stretched from Aug. 20 – Nov. 3. The squad broke numerous other school records, including single-season victories, shutouts (18), ranked wins (10), home victories (15), ACC wins (20) and ACC shutouts (8).
A tri-captain on the 2017 DWS squad and the 2017 ACC Offensive Player of the Year tallied a team-high 14 goals and 38 points to go along with 10 assists on the season and tied a school record with six-straight games with a goal from Aug. 20 – Sept. 8. Dorsey paced a Blue Devil attack that stood second nationally in points with 171 and third with 60 goals. The Blue Devils tallied a 2.31 scoring offense that was ninth nationally, while their 51 assists came in at sixth. The Blue Devils’ offense finished the year leading the ACC in all four categories.
The environmental science and policy major with a 3.70 GPA also cracked a number of charts in the Duke record book to wrap up her career. On the career side, Dorsey finished fourth in shots (240), tied for fifth in assists (22), sixth in points (80) and tied for sixth in goals (29). The senior’s final campaign saw her make waves on the single season side as well, placing fourth in shots (87), tied for fourth in points (38) and tied for seventh in goals (14).
Dorsey is also one of the four nominees for the prestigious Honda Award for soccer and was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Last week she was tabbed to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Best XI Second Team.
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