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Notre Dame’s Gilbertson and Little, Virginia’s Doniak honored
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Notre Dame’s Anna Maria Gilbertson and Virginia’s Makenzy Doniak have been the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while the Figthing Irish goalkeeper Kaela Little earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The Player of the Week awards are the final ones of the 2015 season for ACC Women’s Soccer, which wrapped up regular-season play last weekend.
Notre Dame’s Gilbertson provided offensive punch against a potent Virginia Tech squad, notching her second multi-goal game of the season Friday in a 3-0 blanking of the No. 5/4 Hokies. The senior forward from Davis, California, fired seven shots to lead all players in the game, and tallied her 10th and 11th goals of the season, which leads the Irish. Her first goal in the 73rd minute gave the Irish a 2-0 lead on a free kick attempt from just outside the penalty area, curving over the fingertips of VT keeper Kaylyn Smith and into the netting. Her second score came in the game’s final minute, an energetic punch-in of a cross from Sabrina Flores to put an exclamation point on Senior Night for the Irish.
Virginia’s Doniak scored four goals in the first half to lead the Cavaliers to a 7-1 win over NC State. The four goals marked the the first time in school history a player has scored four goals in a game, much less a single half. Doniak scored the first goal in under a minute to take sole possession of the career points record at UVA and currently has 150 points for her career. She then scored a goal and provided two assists in a 6-0 win at Pitt, helping the Cavaliers post a 9-1-0 mark in ACC play and claim their second ACC regular-season championship in the last three seasons. The Chino Hills, California, senior has 58 goals for her career, one shy of the career goal mark at UVA set by Angela Hucles in 1999.
Notre Dame’s Little registered her seventh solo shutout performance of the season on Friday, blanking the No. 4 5/4 Hokies, who had been averaging over two goals per game. The Irish junior from Tulsa, Oklahoma, lowered her goals against average to 0.47 and scooped up five saves to keep Virginia Tech off the board.
The 2015 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship opens Friday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The first semifinal match begins at 5:30 p.m. and features top-seeded Virginia against fourth-seeded Clemson. Second-seeded Florida State faces third-seeded North Carolina at 8 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live by ESPN3.
The two teams that advance on Friday will meet in Sunday’s noon championship game. That match, which will also be played at WakeMed Soccer Park, will be televised live nationally by EPNU.
Please see the links below for more ACC Women’s Soccer Championship information:
CHAMPIONSHIP PAGE: http://theacc.co/WSOCchamppage