Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00
A great season has ended for the Duke University women’s soccer team. On Thursday, Dec. 2, The Lady Blue Devils defeated Wake Forest, 4-1 to advance to the finals of the NCAA’s College Cup final, held in Kennesaw, GA. There Duke lost a tough one to Stanford, 1-0.
Starring for the Lady Blue Devils was Massapequa native Kim DeCesare. Earlier, Kim scored the winning goal in a 3-0 win over Long Beach State, one that took Duke to the Final Four.
“I haven’t been happier, that was the most important goal I ever scored, I think,” said Ms. DeCesare after the big game. “This is one of the happiest moments of my life!”
From there, Duke advanced to their customary place in the Final Four, where they defeated Wake Forest. In that contest, Kim got Duke on the board with a first period goal, giving Duke a 1-0 lead they never relinquished. In the championship game, Kim continued her offensive barrage, but the Stanford defense denied all chances from the Duke offense and a great season ended in disappointment.
But there has been nothing disappointing about Ms. DeCesare’s career so far at Duke. The 2011 season as another big year for the former Massapequa High School standout. In 2009, Kim did not play due to leg injuries. But in 2010, she got back on track, playing in 20 games, scoring in wins over High Point and Clemson and tallying assists in the games against North Carolina and Francis Marion. She also played on a defensive unit that registered 10 shutout wins.
At Duke, Ms. DeCesare is continuing a level of excellence first achieved at Massapequa High School. At Massapequa, Kim led the Lady Chiefs to four consecutive Nassau County championships, including a New York State title while still a freshman. Kim’s career at Massapequa is legendary: A four-year letter winner, the Gatorade Player of the Year for New York State, a Newsday Long Island Player of the Year, a Nassau County Player of the Year MVP, the recipient of the Mike Clarke Award, a member of the EA Sports All-America team, and a member of the All-Long Island Team as a senior.
In addition, Kim played club soccer with the Massapequa Power from the U-10 level to the U-17 level and was team captain of the Power from U-14 to U-17, while earning the title of state champions from 2002-06 and becoming a state finalist in 2007.
Ms. DeCesare has excelled not only in soccer, but also in swimming and in the classroom. She was part of the CYO Swim team from 2002-09 where she starred as a relay record holder and gold medal winner in the CYO finals. Ms. DeCesare holds the 50-meter breaststroke record at the 2009 CYO swim finals. In the classroom, she was a four-year member of the National Honor Society and a member of the National Art Honor Society. As a senior, Kim received the Massapequa Varsity White Letter Award and the Superintendent’s Award. And from her performance so far at Duke, it appears that more winning seasons lay ahead for the women’s soccer squad.