CHARLOTTESVILLE Senior defender Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.) was named State Player of the Year and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) was named State Rookie of the Year as the Virginia Sports Information Directors All-State women’s soccer team was announced. Virginia led all schools with six players named to the all-state team, including five on the first team.
Sauerbrunn, who became Virginia’s first ever three-time All-American this season, becomes the sixth Cavalier in the past eight years to be named VaSID State Player of the Year. 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.
Jones was named VaSID State Rookie of Year after starting every game in goal for the Cavaliers. She ranked second nationally in goals against average while tying the school record with 13 shutouts on the season. She was a second-team All-ACC selection and was named third-team All-Mid Atlantic Region.
Joining Sauerbrunn and Jones on the All-State first team are junior defender Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), freshman midfielder Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.), and senior forward Shannon Foley (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.). Krzysik, who joined Sauerbrunn as a first-team All-American, had a career-high four goals and three assists. Farrelly had five goals and four assists while being named first-team All-ACC. Foley led the team in scoring with 10 goals and nine assists this year. Junior forward Kelly Quinn (Dublin, Ohio), who had seven goals this season, was named to the All-State second 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. Jones, Krzysik, Farrelly, and Quinn are among 21 players on this season’s roster with eligibility remaining for next year.