UNC's Nogueira, Virginia's Krzysik Lead All-ACC Women's Soccer Team
Nov. 4, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina forward Casey Nogueira and Virginia defender Nikki Krzysik lead this year's All-Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Team.
Nogueira was voted ACC Offensive Player of the Year in balloting by the league's 11 head coaches, and Krzyski received the nod as Defensive Player of the Year.
Florida State's Tiffany McCarty was recognized as Freshman of the Year, and North Carolina's Anson Dorrance was chosen ACC Coach of the Year.
Nogueira, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., leads the ACC and ranks among the national leaders in goals scored with 19 and in total points with 45. Norgueira's hat trick keyed a win at Wake Forest, and her four goals led the Tar Heels to another ACC win at NC State. Norguiera was a two-time ACC Player of the Week selection and was twice honored as National Player of the Week by several publications.
Krzysik, a senior from Clifton, N.J., keyed a Virginia defensive unit that posted eight shutouts and limited opponents to a shade under a goal a game. Following up a stellar junior year in which she earned All-America honors, Krzysik contributed nine points (three goals and three assists) in addition to her sound defensive presence.
McCarty, a forward from Laurel, Md., made an immediate impact with the Seminoles by ranking fourth in the ACC with 26 points per game while scoring 10 goals. Buoyed by the confidence she gained by playing a key role in impressive early-season wins against Penn State and Connecticut, McCarty emerged a major player as FSU (14-2-2, 7-1-1) nailed down a second-place ACC regular-season finish.
Under Dorrance's guidance, North Carolina enters this week's ACC Championship at Cary, N.C., as regular-season league champion for the 19th time in 22 seasons. The Tar Heels (16-1-2 overall) posted a 9-0-1 ACC record, marking the 17`h' time they have gone unbeaten in conference play under Dorrance's watch. UNC has been ranked as high as No. 2 nationally and remained in the top five throughout the regular season.
Nogueira is joined on the All-ACC first and second teams by five Tar Heel teammates, including fellow repeat first-team selections Yael Averbuch and Tobin Heath. North Carolina's six total selections led all member schools. Virginia had five student-athletes chosen (including repeat first-team players Krzysik and Sinead Farrelly), Florida State four, Boston College and Duke three apiece, Wake Forest two, and Maryland, NC State and Virginia Tech one each.
McCarty led a trio of first-year players from Florida State on the All-Freshmen Team. Boston College also had three freshmen selected. The ACC Coach of the Year award is the 10th for Dorrance, the most recent of which came in 2006. Dorrance owns a 664-33-21 record in 30 years at UNC.
2008 All-ACC Women's Soccer Team
All Freshmen Team
Offensive Player of the Year - Casey Nogueira, North Carolina