GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia women’s soccer first-year midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) was named ACC Freshman of the Year as conference officials announced the all-conference awards on Thursday. In addition, she was named first-team All-ACC, as was junior forward Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.). Brian also was one of three Cavaliers named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Brian becomes the third Cavalier to be named ACC Freshman of the Year, along with Becky Sauerbrunn in 2003 and Jess Rostedt in 2005. She is the fourth Virginia first-year to be named first-team All-ACC, joining Megan Boehm and Angela Hucles in 1996, and Sinead Farrelly in 2007. Brian ranks second on the team in scoring this season, with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. Five of her goals and four of her assists came in ACC play, as did all three of her game-winning goals.
Miller earned All-ACC honors for the first time in her career. She is tied for the conference lead with 14 goals and 32 points. Her 14 goals rank fifth on Virginia’s single-season goal scoring list, and she set a school record with seven goals in conference play. Miller leads the team with four game-winning goals, including two overtime golden goals.
Brian was joined on the ACC All-Freshman Team by defender Olivia Brannon (Troy, Mich.) and midfielder Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.). Brannon has started all 19 games of her rookie season, ranking second among UVa field players with 1,733 minutes. Offensively, she has added two goals and one assist. Colaprico has appeared in all 19 games, starting three. She has three goals and two assists on the season.
The second-seeded Cavaliers will play sixth-seeded Florida State in the ACC semifinals on Friday night in Cary, N.C. Game time at WakeMed Soccer Park is 7:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast online by ESPN3.
Complete All-ACC Team