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Dec. 21, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Six members of the Virginia women’s soccer team were honored Wednesday when SoccerBuzz Magazine announced its regional awards. Five Cavaliers were named All-Mid Atlantic Region, including four on the first team, while three Cavaliers were named to the regional All-Freshman Team, including Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio), who was named Mid Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year.

Rostedt, fourth-year midfielders Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas) and Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md.) and third-year defender Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.) were named to the All-Mid Atlantic Region first team, while first-year defender Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.) was named to the All-Mid Atlantic Region third team. Rostedt, Krzysik and defender Sarah Senty (Arlington, Va.) were named to the publication’s regional All-Freshman Team.

Rostedt was the only freshman to be named first-team All-Region. The 2005 ACC Freshman of the Year led the Cavaliers in scoring with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists this season. Her 29 points was the third most by a first-year in school history. Last month, she was named as one of 15 finalists for SoccerBuzz’s National Freshman of the Year Award.

Huffman was named All-Region by SoccerBuzz for the third time, the second consecutive season on the first team. This season, Huffman led the Cavaliers in assists with eight while also scoring four goals. She ended her Cavalier career with 28 career assists, the second most in school history. She has already been named a NSCAA Third Team All-American, a Soccer America MVP, and a Hermann Trophy Semifinalist this season. She was named one of 15 finalists for SoccerBuzz’s National Player of the Year Award last month.

Keselica earns All-Region honors from the publication for the first team. During her senior season, she set career highs with nine goals and 24 points. Her six assists this season gave her 26 for her career, fourth most in school history. She was named a third-team NSCAA All-American earlier this month.

Sauerbrunn earns first team All-Region honors for the second time in her career, as she was also honored as a freshman in 2003. This season, Sauerbrunn anchored a Cavalier defense that tied the school record of 14 shutouts and allowed just 7.1 shots per game. She played every minute of the season while offensively contributing one goal and two assists.

Krzysik earned third-team All-Region and regional All-Freshman honors after starting every game of her rookie season in the Cavalier defense. She was third on the team with 2,130 minutes played this season, while tallying one assist. She was also named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.

Senty was named to the Mid Atlantic Region All-Freshman Team after starting every game of the season for the Cavalier defense. She played 1,913 minutes on the season, ranking seventh on the team.

These six players helped lead Virginia to an 18-6-1 record this season and reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

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