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Regular-season champion Virginia leads individual honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season champion Virginia captured three of the league’s five major women’s soccer awards for the 2015 season, as voted upon by the ACC’s 14 head coaches and announced on Thursday.
Cavalier senior forward Makenzy Doniak was voted the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, while fellow Virginia senior Emily Sonnett earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. The Cavaliers’ Steve Swanson was voted the ACC Coach of the Year.
Florida State’s Megan Connolly took home both of the league’s remaining annual awards, as she was voted both the ACC Midfielder of the Year and the ACC Freshman of the Year.
Doniak took the lead in helping Virginia post a 15-1-1 overall record and earn the No. 1 seed in this week’s ACC Championship with a 9-1 league mark. The Chino Hills, California, native ranks fourth in the ACC in total points (25), ninth in goals scored (8) and second in assists (9). Doniak’s 1.79 points per game rank second in the conference. A two-time ACC Player of the Week and MAC Hermann Trophy watch list honoree, Doniak is Virginia’s all-time leading scorer with 150 points and is one goal shy of the UVA career record of 59 set by Angela Hucles in 1999.
Sonnett, of Marietta, Georgia, leads a Cavalier defense that has allowed just nine goals in 17 games (five in 10 ACC matches) while posting 11 shutouts. Named the Most Outstanding Defender of the 2014 NCAA Women’s College Cup, Sonnett was named to the preseason watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is presented annually to the top collegiate soccer player in the country.
Swanson was voted the ACC Coach of the Year for the second time after first being selected in 2013. Entering the 2015 season fresh off helping the United States FIFA World Cup Team to the gold medal as an assistant coach, Swanson guided Virginia to a No. 1 national ranking heading into the ACC Championships. In addition to their stellar winning record, the Cavaliers lead the ACC in scoring (157 points) and goals scored (55). Virginia ranks third nationally in scoring offense and second in points per game (9.24).
Florida State’s Connolly has helped the Seminoles remain among the nation’s elite despite graduation losses from last year’s NCAA and ACC championship squad. The native of Cork, Ireland, leads the ACC in scoring assists with 10 and ranks eighth in scoring with 22 points in 15 matches. Connolly’s efforts have helped the Seminoles to a 13-2-3 overall record and a No. 2 seed in the ACC Championship.
Doniak, Sonnett and Connolly each earned spots on the 2015 All-ACC First Team. Connolly was one of a league-high eight Seminoles voted first-, second- or third-team All-ACC. Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia each had four players selected.
Florida State also led with three players – led by Connolly – selected to this year’s All-ACC Freshman Team.
The 2015 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship opens Friday at Cary, N.C.’s WakeMed Soccer Park with a pair of semifinal matches. No. 1 seed Virginia will play No. 4 seed Clemson in the first semifinal at 5:30 p.m., while No. 2 seed Florida State and No. 3 seed North Carolina will meet in the second semifinal at 8 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live on ESPN3. Sunday’s Championship match will kick off shortly after noon and will be televised nationally by ESPNU.
The complete 2015 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Team and All-Freshman Team are listed below.
2015 ACC Women’s Soccer Individual Awards
Coach of the Year: Steve Swanson, Virginia
Offensive Player of the Year: Makenzy Doniak, Virginia
Defensive Player of the Year: Emily Sonnett, Virginia
Midfielder of the Year: Megan Connolly, Florida State
Freshman of the Year: Megan Connolly, Florida State
2015 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Team
McKenzie Meehan, Jr., F, Boston College
Kailen Sheridan, Jr, GK, Clemson
Megan Connolly, Fr, M, Florida State
Cheyna Williams, Sr., F, Florida State
Christina Gibbons, Jr, D, Duke
Katie Bowen, Sr., D, North Carolina
Jessie Scarpa, So., F, North Carolina
Makenzy Doniak, Sr., F, Virginia
Emily Sonnett, Sr., D, Virginia
Ashley Meier, Sr., M, Virginia Tech
Murielle Tiernan, Jr., F, Virginia Tech
Haley Dowd, Jr., F, Boston College
Catrina Atanda, Jr., M, Clemson
Megan Campbell, Sr., D, Florida State
Kirsten Crowley, Jr., D, Florida State
Cassie Miller, So., GK, Florida State
Gracie Lachowecki, Jr., F, Miami
Joanna Boyles, Jr., M, North Carolina
Anna Maria Gilbertson, Sr., F, Notre Dame
Katie Naughton, Sr., D, Notre Dame
Cari Roccaro, Sr., D, Notre Dame
Alexis Shaffer, Jr., M, Virginia
Abby Jones, Jr., M, Clemson
Claire Wagner, Jr., D, Clemson
Michaela Hahn, Sr., M, Florida State
Emma Koivisto, So., D, Florida State
Carson Pickett, Sr., D, Florida State
Ashton Miller, So., M, Duke
Rebecca Quinn, Jr., D, Duke
Taylor Bucklin, Jr., GK, Louisville
Alexa Newfield, Sr., F, North Carolina
Brittany Ratcliffe, Sr., M, Virginia
Jordan Coburn, Sr., D, Virginia Tech
Samantha Staab, Fr., D, Clemson
Kayla McCoy, Fr., F, Duke
Taylor Racioppi, Fr., M, Duke
Megan Connolly, Fr, M, Florida State
Kaycie Tillman, Fr., M, Florida State
Natalia Kuikka, Fr., M, Florida State
Julia Ashley, Fr., D, North Carolina
Dorian Bailey, Fr, M, North Carolina
Natalie Jacobs, Fr., F, Notre Dame
Betsy Brandon, Fr., M, Virginia
Courtney Petersen, Fr., M, Virginia