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Nov. 4, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Five Cavaliers were named to the All-ACC women’s soccer teams the conference announced on Tuesday. Virginia placed two players on the first team, one player on the second team, and three players on the All-Freshman team. First-year defender Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.) was named ACC Freshman of the Year.

Two Cavalier midfielders, Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.) and Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas), were named to the All-ACC first team. Hammond leads the Cavaliers in goals (12) and scoring (29). Those totals place her third and fourth in the ACC in each respective category, while she leads the conference with six game-winning goals. Huffman has two goals and four assists on the season. Both players were named to the ACC All-Freshman team last season.

Sauerbrunn, earned the most honors on the team, being named to the All-ACC second team, the ACC All-Freshman team, in addition to her conference freshman of the year honors. This season, she has played every minute of the season anchoring the Cavalier defense, while also contributing two assists. She becomes the first Cavalier to be named ACC Freshman of the Year.

Joining Sauerbrunn on the ACC All-Freshman team are midfielder Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) and forward Ariel Thompson (Salem, Va.). Foley has five goals and seven assists for 17 points on the season and ranks in the conference top ten in all three categories. Thompson has tallied six goals on the season, second on the team, and her 14 points ranks fourth for the Cavaliers.

The five honorees and the rest of the Cavaliers open play at the ACC Tournament Wednesday night at the SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The No. 8 ranked Cavaliers are the tournament’s No. 5 seed and will take on the No. 4 seeded Duke Blue Devils, the nation’s No. 10 team, at 8:00 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

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