DURHAM, N.C. – Several former Duke women’s soccer standouts are competing in the professional rank, both in the United States and abroad. Check out how the former Blue Devils are performing.
Christina Gibbons – Duke ‘16 FC Kansas City – Defender
Christina Gibbons has made an immediate impact on FC Kansas City alongside fellow Blue Devil, Rebecca Moros. She earned 14 starts, but played in all 15 matches, totaling 1273 minutes, three assists and one goal. Her three dimes and one goal have all come in her last four contests, including an assist that helped FCKC bring home a point in a 2-2 draw with the Boston Breakers. FC Kansas City will return home to host the North Carolina Courage on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. (ET).
Rebecca Moros – Duke ‘07 FC Kansas City – Defender
In her second stint with FC Kansas City, Rebecca Moros has seen action in 10 games, drawing starts in eight of those contests and playing a total of 742 minutes. The former All-ACC standout and FC Kansas City walked away with a point in Boston on Friday after tying the Breakers, 2-2, which featured an assist from former Blue Devil Christina Gibbons. FC Kansas City will return home to host the North Carolina Courage on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. (ET).
Lizzy Raben – Duke ‘17 AC Sparta Praha (Czech Republic)
Lizzy Raben signed with AC Sparta Praha in March and joined the team following graduation from Duke in May. She immediately tabbed three starts up her arrival and netted a goal in the second match, which helped lead the team to the Domestic Cup title. Raben started at center back and played 90 minutes in all three contests. Raben and AC Sparta Praha return to action on Sunday, Aug. 13 against Slovan Liberec.
Toni Payne – Duke ‘17 AFC Ajax (Amsterdam)
Upon her arrival in Amsterdam, Payne played 70 minutes in two games with AFC Ajax. She helped lead AFC Ajax to a 2-1 victory over ADO Den Haag to claim the Dutch National Championship. With the victory, Ajax will play in the Champions League next season, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 22 against Rigas FS. The team also finished first in the Eredivisie league.
Krysia Sikora – Duke ‘17 Medyk Konin (Poland)
Krysia Sikora signed with the No. 1 team in Poland, Medyk Konin, in July. The recent Duke graduate competed with the Polish National Team in 2015 and helped lead the squad to the finals of the Balaton Cup. Over her four years with the Blue Devils, Sikora saw action in 70 matches, while registering one goal and one assist over a span of 1,210 minutes on the field. She was instrumental in Duke’s 2015 NCAA College Cup run and helped the Blue Devils to a total of 29 wins over her final two seasons. Medyk Konin opened its Ekstraliga Women’s schedule with a 6-0 defeat of Biala Podlaska and will begin its UEFA Women’s Champions League slate on Tuesday, Aug. 22 against Shelbourne.
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