Dec. 4, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Seniors Emily Sonnett (Marietta, Ga.) and Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) have been named All-America selections by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the organization announced with the release of its teams on Friday (Dec. 4).
Sonnett earned first team All-America honors, while Doniak earned second team All-America honors. It’s the second time Sonnett has earned All-America honors from the NSCAA and the first time to be selected as a first team member. Doniak earns All-America honors from the NSCAA for the third time, after being named a first team selection in both 2013 and 2014.
Both were named NSCAA All-Region first team selections.
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.
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.
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.