Blue Devils hold first exercise of fall

DURHAM – Preseason has begun for the #2-ranked Duke women’s soccer program as the squad held their first team practice of the 2022 season on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s session officially kicked off the 35th season in the program’s history as the team went through the first full training session of the new campaign on the 751 pitches in the evening after morning tests.

“You know, the first day is always an interesting day,” said Duke’s head coach Robbie Church. “You tested early in the morning and our tests were ok. I thought we really responded in the afternoon session. We were aggressive and attacked the training. energy was contagious. We lose a ball and many people in packs were pressing I loved everything we had. What really surprised me on the first day was how good our combination game was.”

It was also the first day for the five freshmen of the Blue Devils: Caroline Duffy, Cat Rader, Devin Lynch, Elle Piper and Taylor Evans. Duke returns to the field Wednesday morning for the second preseason practice session. The Blue Devils miss two student-athletes from sophomore training Michelle Cooper and freshmen Carina Lageyre represent the United States at the U-20 World Cup in Costa Rica.

Duke returns eight starters from a season ago, including 18 letter winners from a 2021 squad that recorded 16 wins, made a trip to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament and finished the season in fifth place nationally.

The Blue Devils will practice for six days before traveling to Athens, Georgia, for an exhibition game on Monday, August 8 against Georgia.

Fans can follow Duke’s preseason adventures by following the program on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for “DukeWSoc”.


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