November 20, 2012
SOCCER NEWS NET SALUTE
Duke’s Kim DeCesare is Women's Player of the Week
Duke redshirt junior midfielder Kim DeCesare has been named the Soccer News Net Women’s College Player of the Week for the week ending November 18.
The Massapequa Park, NY native struck for four goals over two games last week, NCAA tournament victories over 24th-ranked Miami (Ohio) and second-ranked Virginia.
DeCesare tallied back-to-back first half goals to open the match against Miami (Ohio) on Friday as the Blue Devils went on to post a 4-1 victory over the RedHawks in the NCAA Sweet 16. The game-winning goal for DeCesare was her fourth of the season.
DeCesare closed the weekend with another two goals at second-ranked Virginia on Sunday. The 5-11 forward notched the first goal of the match in the ninth minute to put the Blue Devils ahead 1-0. She then added her second goal in the 89th minute to seal the 3-1 victory for Duke and advance the Blue Devils to the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth time out of the last six years.
The four-goal performance left DeCesare tied with Laura Weinberg for the team scoring lead at 16, making them the highest scoring duo in the nation this season. DeCesare has six career NCAA Tournament goals over the last two years. Her 38 points in 2012 ranks as the fourth-highest single-season point total in school history.
Soccer News Net Women’s College Player of the Week
Week ending August 27: Anne Stuller, Colorado Buffaloes
Week ending September 2: Erin Yenney, Louisville Cardinals
Week ending September 9: Danielle Schulmann, UConn Huskies
Week ending September 16: Zakiya Bywaters, UCLA Bruins
Week ending September 23: Frances Silva, West Virginia Mountaineers
Week ending September 30: Daphne Corboz, Georgetown Hoyas
Week ending October 7: Christiane Cordero, East Carolina Pirates
Week ending October 14: Kyla Cross, Illinois State Redbirds
Week ending October 21: Julie Eckel, Tennessee Volunteers
Week ending October 28: Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois Fighting Illini
Week ending November 4: Erika Tymrak, Florida Gators
Week ending November 11: Dawn Ward, Texas Tech Red Raiders
Week ending November 18: Kim DeCesare, Duke Blue Devils