Christina Gibbons, following a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches. As a team, Duke was selected No. 5 overall in the ledger.GREENSBORO, N.C. – The ACC released the preseason coaches’ poll Monday along with a preseason All-ACC Team that features Duke sophomore
Florida State received eight first place votes and 189 points to be tabbed No. 1 in the preseason poll, while Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Duke, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Boston College, Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Miami, NC State and Pitt rounded out the predictions.
Along with Gibbons on the All-ACC team was Morgan Brian (Virginia), Dagny Brynjarsdottir (FSU), Makenzy Doniak (Virginia), Summer Green (UNC), Kristen Grubka (FSU), Stephanie McCaffery (Boston College), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame), Kailen Sheridan (Clemson).
Gibbons, who recently helped lead the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team to the quarterfinals at the World Cup in Canada, was an All-ACC Freshman Team selection a year ago, after starting all 24 contests as a rookie for Duke in 2013. She guided the Blue Devil defense to seven shutouts and played a team-best 2,228 minutes, which was a school-record for a freshman. She earned TopDrawerSoccer.com Freshmen Best XI, All-ACC Freshman team honors as well as Duke Classic All-Tournament team recognition during the season.
Duke closed preseason action Saturday with a 1-0 win at UNC Wilmington, following a 2-0 victory over 14th-ranked South Carolina. The season opener for the Duke women’s soccer team is Friday, Aug. 22 against Ohio State in Chapel Hill, N.C., at 5:00 p.m.
Preseason ACC Coaches Poll
1. Florida State (189 points, 8 first place votes)
2. Virginia (183, 5)
3. North Carolina (166, 1)
4. Virginia Tech (150)
5. Duke (135)
6. Notre Dame (128)
7. Wake Forest (104)
8. Boston College (95)
9. Clemson (79)
10. Louisville (72)
11. Syracuse (56)
12. Miami (44)
13. NC State (42)
14. Pitt (16)
Preseason All-ACC Team (listed alphabetically by last name)
Morgan Brian, Sr., M, Virginia
Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Sr., M, Florida State
Danielle Colaprico, Sr., M, Virginia
Makenzy Doniak, Jr., F, Virginia
Christina Gibbons, So., D, Duke
Summer Green, Jr., F, North Carolina
Kristen Grubka, Sr., D, Florida State
Stephanie McCaffrey, Sr., F, Boston College
Ashley Meier, Jr., M, Virginia Tech
Cari Roccaro, Jr., M/D, Notre Dame
Kailen Sheridan, So, GK, Clemson