Nov. 1, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Six members of the Virginia women’s soccer team were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference as the All-ACC Soccer Teams were announced Tuesday. First-year forward Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio) was named the ACC Freshman of the Year, as she was one of four Cavaliers to be named All-ACC and one of three Cavaliers named to the All-Freshman Team.
Fourth-year midfielders Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas) and Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md.) were named to the All-ACC First Team. It is the third consecutive season Huffman has been named to the first team. This year she has two goals and five assists for nine points. Keselica earns first team honors for the first time after being a second team selection last year. This season she has already set career highs in goals (8) and points (20) while being tied for the team lead in scoring. Thirteen of her 20 points on the season came against conference competition.
Rostedt and junior defender Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.) were named to the All-ACC Second Team. Rostedt was tied for the team lead in scoring with 8 goals and 4 assists for 20 points this season. Sauerbrunn earns All-ACC honors for the second time after also earning second team honors in 2003. This season, Sauerbrunn anchored a Cavalier defense that led the league by allowing just four goals in 10 conference games.
In addition to Rostedt, the Freshman of the Year, defender Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.) and Kelly Quinn (Dublin, Ohio) were also named to the All-Freshman Team. Krzysik started every game this season in the Cavalier defense and had one assist. Quinn is third on the team in scoring with 5 goals and 3 assists for 13 points. She also is tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals. The Cavaliers were tied with Florida State for the most players selected to the All-Freshman Team.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as one of the top players in our conference, especially given the quality of the teams in our league,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “We are very excited for Noelle, Sarah, Becky, Jess, Nikki, and Kelly as they each have had tremendous impact on our season thus far. But as I have maintained from the beginning, these individual honors are more a testament to our team then anything else. Soccer is truly a team sport and any honors that one individual garners is really a reflection on the entire squad.”
The Cavaliers (13-4-1, 8-2-0 ACC) begin the postseason Wednesday as they travel to Cary, N.C. to defend their ACC crown. Virginia is the No. 2 seed at this year’s tournament and will open play in the quarterfinals against No. 7 seed Wake Forest (9-7-1, 4-6-0). Game time at the SAS Soccer Stadium is noon.