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Christina Gibbons, Toni Payne
Gibbons, Payne Honored by Soccer America
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/23/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University rookies Christina Gibbons and Toni Payne have been honored by Soccer America as the Blue Devil duo were selected to the All-Freshman Second Team.  

Gibbons, who is a product of Raleigh, N.C., started all 24 contests, guided the Blue Devil defense to seven shutouts and played a team-best 2,228 minutes, which was a school-record for a freshman.  One of the most consistent players on the team in 2013, Gibbons registered assists against Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament, Virginia Tech and Kennesaw State.  She earned Freshmen Best XI, All-ACC Freshman team honors as well as Duke Classic All-Tournament team recognition during the season.  

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Payne started 21 of 24 matches in both the midfield and forward slots as a rookie.  She totaled three goals, five assists and 11 points on the season.  Payne registered key goals against ACC opponents Miami, Maryland and ninth-ranked Notre Dame.  On the season, she earned All-ACC Freshman Team and Preseason TopDrawerSoccer All-Freshman Team accolades.  Payne started the final 21 matches of the season.

As a team, Duke posted a 9-9-6 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the third straight year before falling at top-seeded Virginia Tech, 3-0.  


All-Freshman First Team
G Morgan Stearns, Virginia
M Morgan Andrews, Notre Dame
D Maddie Bauer, Stanford
D Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia
M Nickolette Driesse, Florida State
D Mandy Freeman, USC
F Darian Jenkins, UCLA
F Jaycie Johnson, Nebraska
F Savannah Jordan, Florida
M Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin
F Margaret Purce, Harvard

All-Freshman Second Team
G Kailen Sheridan, Clemson
F Summer Clarke, LSU
M Emma Fletcher, LSU
D Christina Gibbons, Duke
F Liz Keester, Texas A&M
M Ashley Lawrence, West Virginia
F Madisson Lewis, Michigan
F Toni Payne, Duke
F Lena Petermann, UCF
F Murielle Tiernan, Virginia Tech
M Allison Wetherington, Portland