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2013 women’s DI Best XI teams announced

Article Written by ESNN
Published: December 19, 2013

Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian and Florida’s Savannah Jordan are the TopDrawerSoccer.com Players of the Year for upperclassmen and freshmen, respectively.

The honor comes as part of the announcement of the TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI, recognizing 33 upperclassmen and 22 freshmen for outstanding 2013 performances.

Sabrina D'Angelo South Carolina college soccerSabrina D'Angelo

Brian, who has made a couple appearances for full U.S. women’s national team this year, earns the Player of the Year honor after spearheading Virginia’s superb attack. The attacking midfielder finished the season with 16 goals and 14 assists. Her passing ability, vision and work rate were a key aspect to an offense that scored 78 goals as a team.

The Cavaliers edged out ACC rival and North Carolina star Crystal Dunn for the award. Dunn battled through injuries towards the end of the season, but remained college soccer’s most dangerous player when healthy. The pair is joined on the first team by standouts like Marissa Diggs, Abby Dahlkemper, Kassey Kallman and Nkem Ezurike.

The race for top freshmen honors was even closer, with several first-year talents making an impression on a higher level. Standout performances from UCLA’s Darian Jenkins, Notre Dame’s Morgan Andrews and West Virginia’s Kadeisha Buchanan were all pronounced.

But it was Florida forward Savannah Jordan who edged the talented field. After ripping off five goals in the first two games of her college career, Jordan punished defenses all season, eventually finishing tied for second in the nation in goals scored with 22. Her exploits earned a call up to a recent U20 WNT camp and a chance at the World Cup qualifying roster. 

Joining the aforementioned freshmen on the first team are youth internationals like Kailen Sheridan, Margaret Purce, Maddie Bauer and Emma Fletcher.

The full teams are listed below:

TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI – Upperclassmen
Player of the Season: Morgan Brian, Virginia

First Team
GK: Sabrina D'Angelo, South Carolina
D: Marissa Diggs, UCF
D: Abby Dahlkemper, UCLA
D: Kassey Kallman, Florida State
M: Sarah Killion, UCLA
M: Julie Johnston, Santa Clara
M: Crystal Dunn, North Carolina
M: Morgan Brian, Virginia
F: Maya Hayes, Penn State
F: Nkem Ezurike, Michigan
F: Makenzy Doniak, Virginia 

Second Team
GK: Katelyn Rowland, UCLA
D: Amanda Frisbie, Portland
D: Emily Menges, Georgetown
D: Emily Sonnett, Virginia
M: Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Florida State
M: Cari Roccaro, Notre Dame
M: Daphne Corboz, Georgetown
M: Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois
F: Frances Silva, West Virginia
F: Kristen Hamilton, Denver
F: Rachel Daly, St. John's 

Third Team
GK: Aubrey Bledsoe, Wake Forest
D: Ari Romero, Nebraska
D: Jaelene Hinkle, Texas Tech
D: Shelina Zadorsky, Michigan
M: Shea Groom, Texas A&M
M:  Maegan Kelly, Marquette
M: Sam Mewis, UCLA
M: Charlyn Corral, Louisville
F: Rafaelle Souza, Mississippi
F: Jannelle Flaws, Illinois
F: Arin Gilliland, Kentucky

Freshmen Best XI
Rookie of the Year: Savannah Jordan, Florida

First Team
GK: Kailen Sheridan, Clemson
D: Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia
D: Maddie Bauer, Stanford
D: Christina Gibbons, Duke
M: Emma Fletcher, LSU
M: Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin
M: Morgan Andrews, Notre Dame
F: Jaycie Johnson, Nebraska
F: Savannah Jordan, Florida
F: Margaret Purce, Harvard
F: Darian Jenkins, UCLA

Second Team
GK: Tarah Hobbs, Minnesota
D: Megan Lee, LSU
D: Mandy Freeman, USC
D: Brittany Basinger, Penn State
M: Allison Wetherington, Portland
M: Nickolette Driesse, Florida State
M: Madisson Lewis, Michigan
F: Nichelle Prince, Ohio State
F: Marian Crowder, Georgia
F: Summer Clarke, LSU
F: Murielle Tiernan, Virginia Tech

 
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