ACC Women’s Soccer: Players of the Week Named

Virginia’s Doniak, Duke’s Dorsey and Gibbons recognized

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Virginia senior forward Makenzy Doniak and Duke sophomore forward Imani Dorsey have been recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while Duke junior Christina Gibbons claimed ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Doniak tied the school record for career points with a goal and an assist in last weekend’s 4-2 win at Boston College. Doniak’s 138 career points tie the Virginia school mark set by Angela Hucles in 1999. Doniak scored the opening goal of the match in the first minute of play and added an assist for the second goal of the afternoon. The win completed a three-game road trip that saw the second-ranked Cavaliers go undefeated away from home and improve to 5-1 in league play. The win at Boston College marked the second time program history the Cavaliers defeated the Eagles on their home field.

Dorsey scored the game-winning goal at fifth-ranked North Carolina as the Blue Devils posted a 1-0 upset win on the road in Chapel Hill. The goal for Dorsey was her second of the season and fifth of her career.  Her score ended several streaks for Duke, including a 229:46 stretch without a first-half goal.  The tally also was the first goal scored by the Blue Devils against the Tar Heels since 2010 and gave Duke its first lead against its rivals since October 9, 2005. The Blue Devils posted a victory against a top-five ranked team for the first time since Nov. 18, 2012 (a 3-1 win at second-ranked Virginia in the NCAA Tournament).

Gibbons made her first start of the season at the center back position, after starting on the outside previously, and helped the Blue Devil defense to allow only four shots on goal against the Tar Heels.

The shutout of North Carolina marked Duke’s third straight shutout on the road, which is a first for the program since 1997.  The Blue Devils are tied for the ACC lead with 10 shutouts this season and have put together a string of 301:52 minutes without allowing a goal over the last four matches. 

ACC women’s soccer action continues on Thursday, Oct. 22, with seven games on the schedule.