CHARLOTTESVILLE The National Soccer Coaches Association of America named two Cavaliers as first-team selections on its All-America team. Senior defender Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior defender Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.) were honored, as Virginia had two first-team All-Americans in the same season for the second time in history.
Sauerbrunn was named an All-American for the third time in her career, garnering first-team honors for the second time. She becomes the first ever three-time All-American in school history and joins Andrea Rubio (1991-92) as the only Virginia players to earn first-team All-American honors twice. This season Sauerbrunn was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. She had one goal and three assists offensively while anchoring a Virginia defense that led the nation in goals against average (0.40) and set a school record with 15 shutouts.
Krzysik earns All-America honors for the first time in her career, becoming the 15th player in school history to be named an All-American and the fourth to be named to the first team. Also a member of Virginia’s record setting defense, she earned her second consecutive first-team All-ACC selection after starting every game on the UVa backline and posting a career-high four goals and three assists.
This season marks just the second time two Cavaliers have been named first-team All-Americans. In 1991, Rubio and Amanda Cromwell were both selected to the first team.
Krzysik and Sauerbrunn were also among the six Cavaliers named All-Mid Atlantic Region by the NSCAA. The pair of defenders were first-team all-region selections, as Sauerbrunn becomes the fourth Virginia player to be a four-time all-region selection. Senior forward Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), who lead the Cavaliers in scoring with 10 goals and nine assists, and freshman midfielder Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.), who had five goals and four assists, were named to the second team. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.), who was second nationally in goals against average, and junior forward Kelly Quinn (Dublin, Ohio), who had seven goals this season, were named to the third team.
The Cavaliers concluded the season with a 13-4-6 record after falling to top-ranked UCLA 2-1 in overtime in the NCAA round of 16. Krzysik, Farrelly, Jones, and Quinn are among 21 players on this season’s roster with eligibility remaining for next year.