ACC Women's Soccer: Nine Named to NSCAA All-America Team; NSCAA Unveils Final Poll

FSU’s Connolly and UVa’s Sonnett earn first team honors; seven ACC teams ranked

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Nine Atlantic Coast Conference women’s soccer student-athletes have been named All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, including two on the First Team.

Virginia senior defender Emily Sonnett, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and Florida State freshman midfielder Megan Connolly, the ACC Midfielder and Freshman of the Year, were named to the NSCAA All-America First Team.

It’s the second time Sonnett has earned All-America honors from the NSCAA and her first time to be selected as a first team member, while Connolly is the lone freshman to earn first team All-America honors this season. Connolly and Sonnett are also semifinalists for the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy.

Collecting All-America Second Team honors was ACC Offensive Player of the Year senior Makenzy Doniak of Virginia and Duke junior defender Christina Gibbons.

Boston College junior forward McKenzie Meehan, Clemson junior goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, North Carolina senior defender Katie Bowen, Notre Dame senior midfielder Cari Roccaro and Virginia Tech junior forward Murielle Tiernan were named to the All-America Third Team.

All nine All-America selections were also named to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team. The ACC collected 26 All-Southeast Region Team honors, including four selections each from Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia. Clemson, Duke, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech followed with three each, while Boston College had two honorees.

It was a banner year for ACC women’s soccer, as eight teams were selected to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. The College Cup featured two ACC teams for the fifth straight year and 11th time in league history, with Duke advancing to the College Cup title. Seven ACC teams found themselves ranked in the NSCAA’s final rankings, including three in the top five – No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Florida State and No. 5 Virginia. No. 13 Clemson, No. 14 North Carolina, No. 15 Notre Dame and No. 18 Virginia Tech round out the ACC’s seven in the Top 25.

NSCAA All-America Team
First Team
Megan Connolly, Fr, M, Florida State
Emily Sonnett, Sr., D, Virginia

Second Team
Christina Gibbons, Jr., D, Duke
Makenzy Doniak, Sr., F. Virginia

Third Team
McKenzie Meehan, Jr., F, Boston College
Kailen Sheridan, Jr., GK, Clemson
Katie Bowen, Sr., D, North Carolina
Cari Roccaro, Sr., M, Notre Dame
Murielle Tiernan, Jr., F, Virginia Tech

NSCAA All-Region Team
First Team
McKenzie Meehan, Jr., F, Boston College
Kailen Sheridan, Jr., GK Clemson
Christina Gibbons, Jr., D, Duke
Megan Connolly, Fr., M, Florida State
Katie Bowen, Sr., M, North Carolina
Jessie Scarpa, So. F, North Carolina
Kathleen Naughton, Sr., D, Notre Dame
Cari Roccaro, Sr., D, Notre Dame
MaKenzy Doniak, Sr., F, Virginia
Emily Sonnett, Sr., D, Virginia
Murielle Tiernan, Sr., F, Virginia Tech

Second Team
Claire Wagner, Jr., D, Clemson
Catrina Atanda, Jr., M, Clemson
Cassie Miller, So., GK, Florida State
Kristen Crowley, Jr., D, Florida State
Anna Marie Gilbertson, Sr., F, Notre Dame
Kristen McNabb, Jr., D, Virginia
Alexis Shaffer, Jr., M, Virginia
Ashley Meier, Sr., M, Virginia Tech

Third Team
Hayley Dowd, Jr., F, Boston College
Taylor Racioppi, Fr., M, Duke
Rebecca Quinn, Jr., D, Duke
Michaela Hahn, Sr., M, Florida State
Johanna Boyles, Jr., M, North Carolina
Alexa Newfield, Sr., F, North Carolina
Jordan Coburn, Sr., D, Virginia Tech