Dec. 3, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Four members of the Virginia women’s soccer team have been recognized with selection to All-Region teams by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the organization announced on Thursday (Dec. 3).
Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Emily Sonnett (Marietta, Ga.) were named first team All-Region selections, while Kristen McNabb (Montville, N.J.) and Alexis Shaffer (Cary, N.C.) were named second team All-Region selections.
Doniak was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and paced the Virginia offense this season with 14 goals and 11 assists for a team-leading 39 points. She tied with Shaffer in goals scored on the season and led the team in assists. Doniak set the school record for points in a career (165), goals scored (64) and she is the first Cavalier player to post three consecutive seasons of notching at least 39 points. Doniak also earned All-ACC first team honors for the third time in her career.
Shaffer also scored 14 goals on the year, tying with Doniak for the team lead, and added eight assists to finish with 36 points for the season. She also matched Doniak with five game-winning goals on the year as she earned second team All-ACC honors from the league’s coaches.
McNabb and Sonnett anchored a Cavalier back line that posted 15 shutouts, including 14 shutout victories on the season. Virginia allowed only 12 goals for a 0.50 goals against average and allowed only six shots per game by opponents. Sonnett was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and is a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy. She was also an All-ACC first team selection.
Virginia finished the season with a 19-1-3 record and claimed the ACC regular-season championship with a 9-1 mark in conference play. The Cavaliers advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, marking the fourth time in the last five seasons Virginia has advanced to at least the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.