Toni Payne was named Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week Wednesday following leading the 21st-ranked Blue Devils to victories over 11th-ranked West Virginia and UAB this past weekend.DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore midfielder
Payne, a native of Birmingham, Ala., tallied a second half goal in a 2-0 road win over 13th-ranked West Virginia before adding a goal and an assist in Sunday's 3-1 win over previously unbeaten UAB at Koskinen Stadium. She finished the weekend with two goals and one assist for five points.
The 5-4 midfielder notched the game-winning goal against the Blazers and added an assist on Duke's third first half tally Sunday as the Blue Devils won their second straight match. It marks the first time in her career Payne has recorded back-to-back games with a goal. Her effort also earned her ACC Player of the Week accolades Tuesday.
The Blue Devils (2-2) will next host the Duke Nike Classic Friday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 7 with four nationally ranked opponents at Koskinen Stadium – North Carolina, Penn State, Arkansas and Duke. Penn State and North Carolina will kick things off Friday at 5:00 p.m., followed by Duke against Arkansas at 7:30 p.m. The matches Sunday will start at 12:00 p.m., with North Carolina versus Arkansas, while Penn State and Duke close the classic at 2:30 p.m.