Jones Duo, Duerr Tabbed Women’s Soccer Captains

DURHAM – After a team vote this week, the trio of Emmy Durr, Ruthie Jones and Sophia Jones were named captains of the Duke women’s soccer team for the 2022 season, as announced by the head coach Robbie Church on Saturday.

“I feel like our leadership group this spring and the start of this summer has been really phenomenal,” Church said. “From that leadership group we chose our three captains in Emmy, Ruthie and Sophie. We are very, very proud of them and I think they will do a fantastic job of leading our program along with the other seniors and graduates that we have. As we prepare for this journey, it is important to have good, strong leadership in all areas of our program. This group will provide that for the 2022 season.”

In three seasons with the Blue Devils, Duerr has seen action in 47 competitions, making four starts and appearing in 1,227 minutes. Duerr, a native of Cary, NC, has four goals and two assists for 10 points during her Duke career. She is a two-time ACC Honor Roll selection and was a 2020 recipient of the ACC Top Six for Service Award, presented annually to members of each ACC institution who serve community service and outreach programs.

Ruthie Jones has been a mainstay in Duke’s scoring for the past two seasons, starting in 41 straight games with 19 shutouts, 104 saves and a .62 goals-against average. She has helped lead the Blue Devils to 27 wins in that span. A native of Charlotte, NC, Jones was a 2021 First Team All-ACC and United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Second Team honoree a year ago after totaling .59 goals against average, nine shutouts and just 12 goals in 21 allowed matches.

A product of Menlo Park, California, Sophia Jones has started all 52 competitions in her Blue Devil career, recording three goals and five assists for 11 points. She is a two-time All-ACC selection and received 2020-21 United Soccer Coaches Association All-America honors as a sophomore. One of the most dynamic midfielders in the game, Jones recently appeared with the USA U-23 women’s national team at the Thorns pre-season tournament in March 2022.

Behind the leadership of Duerr and the Jones duo, the Blue Devils will be looking to build on the momentum from a successful 2021 season, which saw them record 16 wins, reach the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals and finish the season ranked No. 5 nationally.

Kicking off the 35th season in program history with two exhibition games, the Blue Devils travel to Georgia on Monday, August 9 before hosting South Carolina on Friday, August 12 at 6 p.m. Duke’s 2022 regular season begins August 18 while the Blue Devils travel to Greenville, NC at 7:00 p.m. to take on East Carolina. The first home competition will take place on Sunday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m. against UNC Greensboro.

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