Four Cavaliers named to preseason Best XI teams

uva-logo-new2Four members of the Virginia women’s soccer team were among the 33 players named to Preseason Best XI squads by Tuesday. Senior midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) and junior forward Makenzy Doniak (Chino Hills, Calif.) were named to the first team, senior midfielder Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.) was named to the second team and junior defender Emily Sonnett (Marietta, Ga.) was named to the third team.

Brian is the reigning Player of the Year and Missouri Athletic Club hermann trophy recipient. Last year, she tied for the ACC lead with 46 points on 16 goals and a league-high 14 assists. A consensus 2013 first-team All-American, Brian has also earned 11 caps for the United States Women’s National Team, scoring two international goals.

Doniak was a first-team All-American in 2013 and a semifinalist for the MAC hermann trophy. She tied Brian for the ACC scoring lead, recording a school-record 20 goals to go with six assists. She is currently representing the United States at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Colaprico was a third-team All-American last season after a five-goal, 13-assist campaign. A second-team All-ACC selection, her assist total ranked second in the league, behind Brian. Colaprico is currently a member of the United States U-23 National Team.

Sonnett was a first-team All-ACC honoree in 2013 after starting every game in defense and amassing a school-record 2,341 minutes. She also contributed two goals and five assists during her sophomore season. Sonnett is also currently a member of the U.S. U-23 National Team.

The Cavaliers begin the 2014 regular season on Aug. 22 when they host Marshall at Klöckner Stadium at 7 p.m.


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