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NCAA Dec 22, 2022

Duke women’s soccer reveals talented 2023 signing class

DURHAM – Duke women’s soccer head coach Robbie Church has announced the signing of seven future Blue Devils who will join the program in the fall of 2023.

The members of this year’s class include Sam Bodensteiner, Kiera Clemens, Madison Foxhoven, Phoebe Goldthwaite, Kaeden Koons-Perdikis, Mia Minestrella and Cameron Roller.

The class features three players in the top-20 of the TopDrawerSoccer rankings for the class of 2023 – Minestrella (8), Roller (13) and Clemens (19).

“We’re extremely excited to have these seven young student-athletes join our women’s soccer family,” said Church. “They all excel in the classroom and are excellent on the soccer field. Athletically, all will bring something different to our team. One of the things that impressed me the most about this group is their tremendous work ethic and how they have continued to get better since they made a commitment to Duke.  They are all high-character young ladies that will continue to help our program compete for championships.  It’s just so exciting to continue to add such quality people and student-athletes into our program.”

More Information on Each Signee:

Sam Bodensteiner

Defender
IL

•    Helped lead Sockers FC squad to the Girls Academy National Finals in 2022
•    Sockers FC finished first in the Mid-America Conference in 2022
•    Invited to the Mid-America Talent ID in 2021
•    A three-year starter on the varsity basketball team at Fremd
•    Her sister, Jane, is a junior on the Saint Benedict women’s tennis team

Church on Bodensteiner: “Sam is coming from the Chicago Sockers program. They went to nationals and were runner-up last year. Sam has a lot of ability and is a very versatile player. She can play all of the back four positions, is athletic and she has continued to make good decisions with the ball.  One of Sam’s greatest strengths is her one-v-one defending, which will serve her well in our program.  We’re really happy to have Sam coming to Duke.”

Kiera Clemens

Midfielder
NC

•    Ranked No. 19 in the Class of 2023 by TopDrawerSoccer
•    Listed as the No. 7 midfielder in the class by TopDrawerSoccer
•    Trained at multiple U.S. U-17 & U-15 Youth National Team camps

Church on Clemens: “Kiera has been committed to us for a long time. She is one of the most talented players in the country. Kiera is athletic, good in the air, strikes an unbelievable ball and she is good on the ball. We’re really excited about her upside. We think she will fit in really well in our system and can have a major impact on our program.”

Madison Foxhoven

Forward Midfielder
CA

LAFC So Cal ECNL (Club):
•    Ranked No. 187 in the Class of 2023 by TopDrawerSoccer
•    Top-10 leading scorer nationally, Development Academy 2019-20
o    9 goals, 3 assists (DA / Covid shortened season)
•    Led LAFC SoCal team in both goals and assists for three seasons
o    2018-19: 14 goals, 5 assists
o    2019-20: 9 goals, 3 assists (DA / COVID shortened season)
o    2020-21: 13 goals, 5 assists

Viewpoint High School:
•    First Team All-State as a junior
•    First Team All-League and Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and junior
•    Led the league in scoring as a sophomore and junior (high school)
o    Junior Year: 21 Goals and 6 Assists
o    Sophomore Year (COVID shortened season): 6 goals, 1 assist

Church on Foxhoven: “Maddy is another player that excites us with her ability on the ball. She’s crafty and we have seen her score a number of goals. We think once she gets into our program and she plays with the quality of players that we have on the team that she will really be able to show her talents. She is going to be somebody that will continue to work hard over the next eight months and we look forward to having Maddy join our squad.”

Phoebe Goldthwaite

Midfielder Forward
NC

•    Ranked No. 32 in the Class of 2023 by TopDrawerSoccer
•    The No. 16 midfielder in the class by TopDrawerSoccer
•    Three-time Mid-Atlantic First Team selection
•    Club team made Champions League every year
•    Her sister, Baylor, is a freshman on the Wake Forest women’s soccer team, while her sister, Peyton, is a junior on the Virginia women’s soccer team

Church on Goldthwaite: “We are very excited to have Phoebe in our program. When we have gone back to see Phoebe, every time we have walked away knowing that we’re really happy to have her a part of the Duke program. She has an unbelievable work rate, she has a great motor and she works from the opening minute to the 90th minute. She is technical and has done an unbelievable job of putting herself in environments so she can get better. Phoebe is made for the college game. We really look forward to having her within our system of play, where we think she’s going to be able to really shine.”

Kaeden Koons-Perdikis

Defender Midfielder
MD

•    Selected to play in 2022 High School All-American Game on Dec. 10
•    Bethesda Soccer Club ECNL Team Captain (13 consecutive seasons playing for BSC)
•    2021 Washington Post First-Team All-Met and All-State
•    Captained and anchored backline for Georgetown Visitation that notched 20+ shutouts in three seasons
•    Led Georgetown Visitation to 2022 ISL Regular Season Championship and 2021 ISL Tournament Championship (first title since 2009)
•    Member of 2019 USYS ODP East Region Team and International Team Selection
•    2018 Maryland State Cup Champion
•    2018 US Club/Nike Soccer id2 National Camp and USYNT Training/ID Center Selection Attendee
•    Ranked No. 1 academically in her class at Georgetown Visitation with a 4.60 GPA and a National Merit Scholar
•    2021 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student of the Year DC Champion/National Runner-up

Church on Koons-Perdikis: “We’re really happy to have Kaeden in our program. She is a wonderful young lady, who has excelled in both in the classroom and on the field. Kaeden is a very versatile player that can play any of the positions on the backline. She is an extremely hard-worker and we are excited to put her in our system of play over the next four years.”

•    Ranked No. 8 in the Class of 2023 by TopDrawerSoccer
•    Listed as the No. 3 forward in the class by TopDrawerSoccer
•    Daily Breeze Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior
•    D2 CIF Player of the Year as a junior
•    All-CIF First Team as a junior
•    Named alternate for the U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup squad in 2022
•    Beach Football Club Player of the Year in 2021-22
•    Helped lead club squad to fifth-place finish in the playoffs in 2021-22
•    First Team All-Team in 2021-22
•    Beach Football Team placed first in Mojave Conference in 2021-22

Church on Minestrella: “Mia is a goal scorer. Every time we see her, she scores goals, which excites us. Mia is a big-time player.  She has been playing and training with the U.S. teams since a young age, including the U-20’s last year. Mia has been playing up for a couple years. We look for her to come in and be an attacking player. She can hold the ball, she can strike a ball and she has good movement off the ball. Mia is competitive and will compete from the opening minute all the way to the 90th. We really like Mia’s upside and think she can be one of the top freshmen in college soccer next year.”

Cameron Roller

Defender
TX

•    Ranked No. 13 in the Class of 2023 by TopDrawerSoccer
•    The No. 4 defender in the class by TopDrawerSoccer
•    Member and captain of the United States 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup squad
•    Helped lead U.S. U-17 Women’s Youth National Team to its fifth Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship in 2022 in Dominican Republic
•    Solar Soccer Club Player of the Conference (2021-22)
•    Solar Soccer Club First Team All-Team (2020-21)
•    Led club squad to third-place ledgers in 2020-21 and 2021-22

Church on Roller: “Cameron is one of the top center backs in the country. She was captain of the U-17 U.S. National Team this fall and helped lead the U.S. team to its fifth Concacaf Women’s Championship. Cameron is an immensely talented player. Her strength as a player is her ability in possession. She has great passing range, is a very good dribbler who can quickly get into the midfield and has the ability to strike a ball from distance. All of these qualities with the ball will serve her well in our system of play. It’s exciting to have her join us in August and she will bring a lot of skill to our program.”

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