Martin, Robinson and Gamble Earn National Recognition
Dec. 7, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Freshmen Jalen Robinson, Michael Gamble and Collin Martin have been named to All-Freshman teams by TopDrawerSoccer.com, while Robinson and Gamble also were recognized by College Soccer News.
Robinson was named to the First Team on TopDrawerSoccer.com's Freshman Team of the Season, as Gamble and Martin were both named to the Second Team.
Robinson and Gamble also earned sports on the College Soccer News Second Team All-Freshman list.
Before earning this national recognition, all three of the Demon Deacon freshmen were selected to the All-ACC Freshman Team in voting conducted by the league's head coaches.
Robinson began his career with a bang by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Wofford in the team's season opener. A native of Catonsville, Md., he scored his only other goal of the season in a win over Georgia Southern but made his most significant contributions as a central defender. Robinson played in 18 games and made 17 starts while ranking second in minutes played (1,634) and leading the team in minutes per game (90.8 m/g). The freshman anchored a defense that recorded seven shutouts and held opponents to a 0.89 goals against average.
Gamble was an offensive force immediately, as he recorded his first-career two-goal game in just the second contest of the season against Boston University. The Columbia, Md., native played in 20 games, made 19 starts and finished the year second on the team with eight goals, second on the team with 20 points and tied for second on the team with four assists. Gamble also showed the ability to score in the biggest games, as he scored a goal in the ACC Championship quarterfinals against Virginia and in the Second Round of the NCAA Championship against Coastal Carolina.
Hailing from Chevy Chase, Md., Martin was a key creator in the Demon Deacon midfield, as he led Wake Forest with six assists on the season. Martin, who graduated from high school a year early to join the Deacs this year, had a season-best two assists against South Carolina and had another assists one game later in Wake Forest's 4-2 win over then-No. 1 and previously unbeaten Maryland. The freshman also scored his only goal of the season in a win over Appalachian State at the midway point of the season.
Robinson, Gamble and Martin helped this year's group of Deacon freshmen live up to its billing after College Soccer News dubbed it the top recruiting class in the nation before the season began.