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LGBT goalie key to Duke soccer’s 11-game win streak

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Duke senior goalie EJ Proctor stands on the field in South Bend, Indiana, after helping her team beat Notre Dame 3-0 on Sept. 21. Proctor has helped Duke win 11 consecutive matches
Erik Hall

The No. 4-ranked Duke women’s soccer team has won 11 consecutive matches, setting a program record for consecutive wins.

EJ Proctor protected the goal for the last seven wins and for nine of the 11 wins overall.

“It definitely makes it a lot easier when I have the back line that I do in front me. That’s awesome,” said Proctor, a senior in her third year as Duke’s starting goalie. “In games, they usually keep people from shooting, so I don’t have to do it too much.”

Proctor, who came out publicly as LGBT in 2016, recorded shutouts in five of the last seven matches.

She is playing at an elite level that she hopes to carry through the rest of the season, and she has high aspirations for the team.

“Win a national championship, win the ACC regular season, ACC tournament — just do everything that we can, set every record possible because this team is so special,” Proctor said. “I would love to do that with them.”

In her 10 starts this year, the 5-foot-8 Proctor has faced 29 shots on goal and made 23 saves. Her goals against average of .620 ranks second in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

One of her shutouts was a 2-0 win against Pittsburgh on Sept. 24 — a game that was also the first time Duke women’s soccer held a Pride game.

“We are just really thrilled to be able to bring that love and acceptance to the stadium and make it known that Duke women’s soccer and Duke athletics are supportive of all communities,” Proctor said in a video that played on the scoreboard at halftime of the Pride game.

The Duke players wore during pregame warmups rainbow-colored bandanas and bracelets along with black T-shirts with a rainbow Nike swoosh and the words “Be True.” According to The Chronicle, the Duke coaches wore those shirts throughout the game.

Proctor, a team captain this year, made two saves in that game for her third consecutive shutout. She followed that with two saves in Duke’s 3-2 double overtime win Friday at Louisville, which gave the Blue Devils 11 consecutive wins.

“She’s been a great leader for us both on and off the field,” Duke women’s soccer coach Robbie Church said. “We are just so confident in her. We know that if we make a mistake — our back four has played well all year, but we know that if there is a mistake made that EJ will be there to clean it up, which is her job. She is a great shot stopper.”

Names in bold are people that have announced publicly they identify as LGBT.

Division I

Nile Clark (senior, Miami men’s tennis) won the Gray Draw bracket of the Rice Invitational on Saturday with doubles teammate Tatsuki Shimamoto. “Nile has led the way in setting an example in doubles, he is our best doubles player, and it showed through the leadership today,” Miami coach Aljosa Piric said in a press release. Clark went 2-2 in singles play at Rice. Miami was originally scheduled to open the fall season Sept. 21, but that tournament in Florida was canceled because of Hurricane Irma.

Xavier Colvin (redshirt sophomore, Butler football) recorded two solo tackles and four assisted tackles in Saturday’s 27-16 loss to Drake. Butler (2-3 overall) went 0-2 the last two weeks.

Aidan Faminoff (sophomore, Florida State men’s diving) opened the season by taking second on 1-meter springboard (302.1) and third on 3-meter springboard (327.23) at the All-Florida Invitational on Sept. 22-24 in Gainesville, Florida. The Florida State men’s team finished second to Florida at the meet.

Scott Frantz (redshirt sophomore, Kansas State football) started at left tackle Saturday in the Wildcats’ 33-20 win against Baylor. Kansas State improved to 3-1 overall.

Hannah Griffiths Boston (senior, Portland women’s soccer) did not play in the last three matches at the Pilots (3-8-1 overall) went 0-2-1. Portland’s home match Oct. 6 against Santa Clara is scheduled to be broadcast on CSN-NW at 10 p.m. ET.

Sonia Johnson (senior, DePaul women’s soccer) did not play in the last three matches as the Blue Demons (5-6-1 overall) went 1-1-1.

Ayrton Kasemets (senior, Oakland men’s swimming) opened the season with a second place in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.92) to go with fifth in both the 100 breaststroke (59.23 seconds) and 200 individual medley (2:04.82) in Friday’s dual meet at Michigan. On Saturday, Kasemets competed in three events at the Michigan Water Carnival with his best finish sixth in the 300 individual medley (3:13.50). G Ryan (senior, Michigan women’s swimming) was not listed in the meet results Friday or Saturday.

Alexis Lewandowski (junior, IUPUI women’s cross country) finished 74th (18:41.1) and Kelsey Tyler (senior, IUPUI women’s cross country) took 106th (18:58.4) in a field of 203 runners at Friday’s 5-kilometer Notre Dame Invitational. IUPUI placed 14th of 25 teams.

Elias Rieland (senior, Sacramento State men’s soccer) recorded four shots on goal in Saturday’s 3-3 double overtime match with UC Irvine. The Hornets (5-4-1 overall) went 1-1-1 the last two weeks.

Drew Davis (assistant coach, Creighton women’s volleyball) saw the No. 14-ranked Bluejays (11-4 overall) go 4-0 the last two weeks to open Big East Conference play.

James Finley (head coach, Seattle women’s volleyball) guided the Redhawks (5-11 overall) to a 1-2 record the last two weeks to open the Western Athletic Conference season.

Chip Rogers (assistant coach, Miami (Ohio) women’s field hockey) watched the RedHawks (5-6 overall) go 1-2 the last two weeks, and that included a 4-1 loss to No. 11-ranked Wake Forest on Sept. 24 and Friday’s 1-0 win against Kent State.

Jessica Smith (assistant coach, Kansas State women’s soccer) saw the Wildcats (5-6-1 overall) go 0-3 the last two weeks to open the Big 12 Conference season. The Kansas State women’s soccer team, in its second year of existence, is playing its first season as a member of the Big 12.

Division II

Noah Ratliff (junior, Mercyhurst men’s water polo) helped the Lakers (5-5 overall) go 5-1 the last two weeks. Ratliff provided a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 18-12 win against Mt. San Antonio, and he added an assist in a 16-8 win against LaSalle on Sept. 23.

Tony Nicolosi (head coach, Cal State East Bay men’s and women’s cross country) guided the men’s team to fourth place in an 11-team field at the SF State Invitational on Sept. 22. His women’s team took 13th in a field of 25 at Saturday’s Capital Cross Challenge.

Austin Olivares (assistant coach, Lindenwood swimming) shared on Snapchat on Sept. 23 that he joined the Lindenwood men’s and women’s swimming and diving coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. The Lions’ men’s team took third and the women finished fifth at Friday’s Show-Me Showdown in Columbia, Missouri.

Division III

Alec Donovan (redshirt sophomore, Centenary men’s cross country) came in 264th (34:07) of 283 runners at Friday’s 8-kilometer Paul Short Run. He took 121st (35:59.37) of 151 runners in the 8-kilometer Osprey Open on Sept. 23.

Michael Drougas (senior, Oberlin men’s tennis) went 2-1 in singles and 1-1 in doubles at the ITA Central Regional Championship from Friday to Sunday at Kalamazoo College.

Michael Dumaine (senior, Hanover men’s soccer) scored the game-winning goal with 1:36 left in the first overtime for a 1-0 win against Manchester on Saturday. He also scored a goal as Hanover (6-3 overall) won 4-0 against Spalding on Sept. 24.

Lindsey Farrell (junior, McDaniel women’s soccer) provided a goal in Saturday’s 5-1 win against Washington (Md.). The Green Terror (8-2 overall) went 3-1 the last two weeks.

Sam Johnson (sophomore, Whittier men’s soccer) recorded two shots and one yellow card as the Poets (2-6 overall) went 1-3 the last two weeks.

Taylor Reifert (junior, Pomona-Pitzer men’s soccer) scored the game-winning goal in the 58th minute on a pass from Aidan Ferrer in a 2-1 win against Cal Lutheran on Sept. 23. The Sagehens (4-3-2 overall) went 2-0-1 the last two weeks.

Matt Taylor (sophomore, Willamette men’s cross country) finished 125th (28:16.8) of 155 runners at Saturday’s 8-kilometer Willamette Invitational. He helped Willamette finish sixth of 17 teams.

Nick Vucovich (senior, Pomona-Pitzer men’s cross country) took 23rd (27:13.33) of 113 runners in Friday’s 8-kilometer SCIAC Multi-Dual Meet. He helped the Sagehens win the meet.

NAIA

Maria Berrum (junior, Robert Morris women’s soccer) recorded a hat trick, scoring three goals in her team’s 4-0 win against Calumet College of St. Joseph on Sept. 27. She also had an assist in a 4-3 win against Roosevelt on Sept. 20. Robert Morris (3-6-1 overall) went 2-2 the last two weeks.

Kyle Kurdziolek (junior, St. Francis football) did not play in his team’s two games as the Fighting Saints (1-3 overall) went 1-1 the last two weeks.

Darrion McAlister (senior, Marian football) recorded a false start in Saturday’s 31-24 loss to St. Francis (Indiana). The Knights (2-2 overall) went 1-1 the last two weeks.

Erik Hall can be reached via email at hallerik7@gmail.com or on Twitter @HallErik or on Facebook. If you are an out LGBT athlete or coach and want your accomplishments recognized, please email Erik.