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Sept. 22, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – For the third consecutive season, former Virginia women’s soccer player Becky Sauerbrunn has been named the National Women’s Soccer League Defender of the Year, the league announced on Monday evening.

Sauerbrunn, who played for the Cavaliers from 2003-07 and earned All-America honors, is the first player in NWSL history to earn the award in three consecutive seasons. She also claimed the honor in 2013 and 2014.

The St. Louis, Mo., native played every minute of all 11 matches she competed in this season for FC Kansas City – including five of the Blues’ league-high nine shutouts. Sauerbrunn split time during the season competing with the US Women’s National Team that claimed the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada as the squad claimed its third World Cup title.

In her time at Virginia, Sauerbrunn started 91 games which is still the most by any player in a career with the Cavaliers. She played 8,523 minutes in her career, the second most of any Virginia player in program history – a mark that included playing every minute of the 2005 season when she logged 2,289 minutes on the pitch.

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