DURHAM, N.C.- Soccer America released its end of the season awards on Tuesday with Duke standouts Cassie Pecht and Laura Weinberg earning honors. Weinberg was named to the Soccer America MVP second team, while Pecht was selected to the All-Freshman first team.
A native of Boca Raton, Fla., Weinberg collected 16 goals, 12 assists and a school-record 44 points on the year. Her 16 goals were tied for a team high and was a career high, while ranking tied for second on Duke's single-season chart. Weinberg also notched five game-winning goals and registered eight of her 16 goals against ACC opponents.
Weinberg was a Second Team NSCAA All-Region selection, First Team All-ACC, TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season third team honoree, Capital One Academic All-America and received numerous national team of the week accolades during the season.
Over her career, Weinberg has scored 34 goals and posted 86 points to rank tied for fourth and fifth, respectively, on Duke's career lists.
Duke's first National Freshman of the Year in school history, Pecht started all 23 matches on the season for the Blue Devils at both the midfield and forward positions. She earned TopDrawerSoccer.com National Freshman of the Year accolades to go along with All-ACC Freshman and Second Team All-Southeast Region honors in 2012.
A native of Mechanicsville, Pa., Pecht registered six goals, 15 assists and a total of 27 points in her rookie campaign. In the Duke single-season freshman charts, Pecht's 15 assists was a new record, while her 27 points tied for second. Her 15 assists led the NCAA in 2012 and she ranked tied for ninth in the ACC with 27 points.
Her 15 assists was the second-most in Duke's overall history. Pecht scored or assisted in 15 of the Blue Devils' 23 matches this season.
As a team, Duke advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth time out of the last six years before falling, 1-0, at top-seeded Penn State. The Blue Devils posted a 15-6-2 overall record on the year.
Soccer America Awards
MVPs First Team
G Haley Kopmeyer (Michigan), Sr.
F Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA), Sr.
M Daphne Corboz (Georgetown) Soph.
M Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Jr.
D Alina Garciamendez (Stanford), Sr.
D Ines Jaurena (Florida State), Sr.
D Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall (BYU), Sr.
F Caroline Miller (Virginia), Sr.
M Christine Nairn (Penn State), Sr.
F Kealia Ohai (North Carolina), Jr.
M Erika Tymrak (Florida), Sr.
MVPs Second Team
G Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State), Sr.
M Morgan Brian (Virginia), Soph.
M Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois), Jr.
F Maya Hayes (Penn State), Jr.
M Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Jr.
M Megan Jurado (San Diego State), Sr.
F Tiffany McCarty (Florida State), Sr.
M Kristen Mewis (Boston College), Sr.
D Rachel Quon (Stanford), Sr.
F Katie Stengel (Wake Forest), Jr.
D Ally Miller (Marquette), Sr.
F Laura Weinberg (Duke), Jr.
All-Freshman First Team
G Amanda Engel (Marquette)
F Janine Beckie (Texas Tech)
F Makenzy Doniak (Virginia)
D Hannah Gardner (North Carolina)
F Summer Green (North Carolina)
F Ifeoma Onumonu (California)
M Cassie Pecht (Duke)
F Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame)
M Raquel Rodriguez (Penn State)
M Isabella Schmid (Florida State)
F Mallory Weber (Penn State)
All-Freshman First Team
G Emma Newins (Georgetown)
M Katie Bowen (North Carolina)
F Leah Galton (Hofstra)
F Holly Hargreaves (Rice)
D Laura Liedle (Stanford)
M Sophia Maccagnone (Butler)
M Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech)
F Michele Murphy (BYU)
M Ashley Spivey (Maryland)
F Taylor Uhl (Minnesota)
M Merel van Dongen (Alabama)
D Christen Westphal (Florida)
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