DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke University women’s soccer team hosted its annual banquet on Sunday in celebration of its successful 2009 season, in which the Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight year.
Six awards were presented at the banquet, including Newcomer of the Year, Coaches Award, Most Inspirational Player, Most Outstanding Offensive Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Valuable Player. All awards were voted on by the student-athletes except for the Coaches Award.
Senior KayAnne Gummersall was tabbed as the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player for the second straight season. The Wilmette, Ill., native led the Blue Devils in 2009 with a team-high 11 goals and 26 points. In the ACC standings, Gummersall finished sixth in goals and goals per game (0.52) and seventh in points and points per game (1.24). She started all 21 of Duke’s contests in 2009, and was named to the All-ACC Second Team and the All-ACC Academic Team. In her career, Gummersall totaled 34 goals to finish fourth on Duke’s all-time charts.
Freshman goalkeeper Tara Campbell earned two awards – Newcomer of the Year and Most Outstanding Defensive Player – after guiding the team to six shutouts in 2009. Campbell started 19 of Duke’s 21 contests, and led the ACC in saves with 94. Her 94 saves also rank first on Duke’s single season charts. Campbell also finished third in the ACC in save percentage (.817) and eighth in goals against average (1.08). A product of Cincinnati, Ohio, Campbell was selected to the All-ACC Freshman Team, the All-ACC Second Team and TopDrawerSoccer.com’s All-Rookie Team.
Receiving the Most Valuable Player Award was senior Elisabeth Redmond, who finished her career with three goals and a team-high 12 assists as a senior. Her 12 assists also led the ACC, and moved her to second on Duke’s all-time charts. The forward from Morristown, N.J. is tied for sixth on Duke’s all-time points list (69) and is tied for ninth with 23 career goals. She earned numerous accolades during her career at Duke, including All-ACC First Team honors for the second consecutive season.
Fellow senior Jane Alukonis was selected as the Most Inspirational Player. A team captain along with Gummersall and Redmond, Alukonis totaled six points on one goal and four assists during the 2009 season. The Cocoa Beach, Fla., native started all 21 of the Blue Devils’ contests while also earning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III and All-ACC Academic Team honors.
Sharing the Coaches Award was senior Sara Murphy and freshman Libby Jandl. A defender from Mendham, N.J. Murphy was a team captain in 2009 along with Gummersall, Redmond and Alukonis. After starting 38 contests in her first two seasons at Duke, Murphy was sidelined with injury as a junior and senior. She led the Blue Devils’ defense to 18 shutouts in her career. Jandl saw action in 19 contests this season, earning nine starts. The freshman from Mission Hills, Kan. tallied one goal and one assist for three points during the 2009 season.
As a team, Duke compiled a final record of 8-9-4 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament under the direction of Head Coach Robbie Church.