Elkridge, Md., native Imani Dorsey has been named to the All-ACC Academic Soccer Team. (Photo by Shane Lardinois)

A Maryland native has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Women’s Soccer team, officials announced this week.

Imani Dorsey, who hails from Elkridge, Md., made the All-ACC team while earning a 3.58 GPA as a freshman at Duke University.

“Imani is the consummate student-athlete,” Blue Devils coach Robbie Church said in an e-mailed statement to the AFRO. “She excelled both on the field and in the classroom this past year, earning All-ACC Freshman Team and All-ACC Academic Team honors. We’re extremely fortunate to have a person of her quality here at Duke.”

While Duke struggled during the 2014 season, Dorsey, a forward and midfielder, gave an outstanding performance and made an immediate impact for the Blue Devils. She started 16 of 18 matches and totalled three goals, two assists and eight points as a rookie.

Officials at Dorsey’s alma mater Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md., said they are pleased—but not surprised—by their former student’s accomplishments.

“It doesn’t surprise me a bit,” said Jim Bruno, head coach for Good Counsel’s girls’ soccer program. “In our school we’re very proud of her, but then we understand she’s a special person.”

During her time on the school’s soccer team, Dorsey scored 51 goals, 30 assists and played a big role in leading the team to three championships—despite sitting out a year with an injury, Bruno said.

“I’ve been a coach at the school for 27 years and she’s probably the best all-around player I’ve coached,” he said.

Throughout her high school soccer career, Dorsey racked up many accolades, including NSCAA Girls High School Scholar All-America National Player of the Year in 2014 and Fall Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Maryland in 2014 and 2013.

“And academically she was off the charts,” added Bruno. Dorsey not only served as National Honor Society vice president was also a four-time Principal List Honor Roll selection.

But Dorsey has always accepted such recognition “quietly,” said Bruno, who said he knows Dorsey’s family—parents, Bruce and Kimberley Dorsey; sister Nia, 16, who attends Good Counsel and another sister Trinity, 9—very well.

“She’s very modest and doesn’t do well with people telling her how good she is,” Bruno said, but she’s always strived to be her best.

“That’s always been her goal—to perform at the highest level both on the field and in the classroom.”

More than that, Dorsey’s former coach added, the college freshman has a service-minded spirit. During her time at Good Counsel, Dorsey played a central role in the school’s soccer clinic for children from less fortunate backgrounds at a Prince George’s County elementary school.

“Imani really spearheaded that effort which, to me, has much more importance than winning a soccer game,” Bruno said. He added, “Her character is incredible—her leadership, compassion, composure…she’s just a likeable young lady.”