Three Hokies earn VaSID honors
Kinser garners first-team selection; Gray and Johnson placed on second
December 19, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech's Ashley KinserMarika Gray and Julian Johnson earned Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State University Division women's soccer honors, the organization has announced.

The awards mark the first time since 2004 that the Hokies have had a player named to one of the two teams and the first since 1999 that three women earned the distinction.

The senior defender Kinser (Johnson City, Tenn.) was named to the first team after concluding her career in style, scoring two goals against then-No. 10 Boston College for the 3-0 upset victory. For her role in that game, she was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's National Player of the Week. Kinser also played an important role in helping Tech only allow 20 goals against 18 teams, including 11 NCAA Tournament participants. The 20 goals are the fewest allowed in one season by Virginia Tech, beating the previous mark of 22 goals set in 1996.

A member of this year's All-ACC Team and All-ACC Freshmen Team, Gray (Alexandria, Va.) was named to the second team after ending the regular season with a team-leading eight goals and six assists for a total of 22 points, the most recorded by a Hokie since 2004. The forward became the first Hokie since Emily Barnhart (2000-03) in 2002 to lead the squad in both goals and assists. In the program's two upset victories over then-No. 10 Boston College and No. 13 Tennessee, Gray posted two assists against the Eagles and two goals against the Lady Volunteers.

Johnson (Norfolk, Va.), a 2006 All-ACC Freshmen Team honoree, was also named to the second team. The forward missed three games early in the season due to injury but came back strong during the ACC slate of games, finishing tied-5th in conference-only games for points per game (11 points, 1.10 ppg). Her best performance came against the NC State Wolfpack, where she scored two goals and added an assist. Following the win, she would score the game-wining goal against Maryland in overtime after posting an assist on the game-typing goal during regulation.

The Hokies finished the 2007 season with an 8-7-3 (3-5-2 ACC) record, only the second time in the program's history that the women's soccer team ended the year with a winning record.

VaSID All-State Women's Soccer Team


Goalkeeper: Chantel Jones, Virginia
Defender: Nikki Krzysik, Virginia
Defender: Becky Sauerbrunn, Virginia
Defender: Kaitlin O'Connor, William & Mary 
Defender: Ashley Kinser, Virginia Tech 
Midfielder: Danielle Collins, William & Mary
Midfielder: Sinead Farrelly, Virginia
Midfielder: Teresa Rynier, James Madison
Midfielder: Brianna Kipper, Radford
Forward: Shannon Foley, Virginia
Forward: Annie Lowry, James Madison
Forward: Cate Tisinger, James Madison
Forward: Claire Zimmeck, Radford


Goalkeeper: Meghan Walker, William & Mary 
Defender: Brittany Tyson, Liberty
Defender: Abby Lauer, William & Mary
Defender: Caitlin Walko, James Madison 
Defender: Sarah Hilt, Richmond
Midfielder: Kimmy Germain, James Madison 
Midfielder: Jessie Wolfe, Richmond
Midfielder: Emily Kittleson, William & Mary
Midfielder: Amy Oberlin, Liberty
Forward: Marika Gray, Virginia Tech 
Forward: Kelly Quinn, Virginia
Forward: Julian Johnson, Virginia Tech 
Forward: McKenzie Vergara, Radford

COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Lombardo, James Madison

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Becky Sauerbrunn, Virginia

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Chantel Jones, Virginia