Duke’s Gibbons, Notre Dame’s Westendorf, Wake Forest’s Huster honored
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke senior Christina Gibbons and Notre Dame freshman Jennifer Westendorf share this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Wake Forest junior Maddie Huster has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week.
Gibbons scored the game-winner to lead Duke past fifth-ranked Virginia on senior night Saturday. Gibbons, who started the match on defense, moved to the midfield during the first half and ignited the Blue Devil offense. In the 63rd minute, a Duke player was taken down in the box and Gibbons stepped up and converted her fourth goal of the season to give Duke a 1-0 lead. The goal turned out to be the difference maker, which gave Duke its first regular-season victory over Virginia since 2005. With the goal, Gibbons has either scored or assisted in five straight matches, all wins for the Blue Devils. Duke is currently on an eight-match unbeaten streak and is in first place in the ACC with a 6-0-1 record, which is the best start in school history.
Westendorf lifted the Irish over the Tar Heels for Notre Dame’s first home victory over North Carolina in series history. Fouled just outside the penalty box in the 57th minute, Westendorf’s free kick from the top of the box found the back of the net for her second free kick goal of the season. The goal provided the pep the Irish needed to hold onto the 1-0 win, as Notre Dame went on to outshoot the Tar Heels 11-2 in the final 33 minutes without allowing a shot on goal.
Huster assisted on one of Wake Forest’s two goals from the center back position in a 2-0 win over No. 25 Boston College on Saturday. She anchored a back line which shut out one of the top 10 scoring offenses in the nation and allowed just two shots on goal. The Eagles entered the match with the Demon Deacons averaging 2.40 goals per game. Wake Forest stands tied for fifth in the ACC with seven shutouts.