Cagle named Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
Jukich selected to all-region second team
BLACKSBURG, VA. – Virginia Tech head women’s soccer coach Kelly Cagle has been named Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, while Tech’s Emily Jukich earned second team All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
This season, Cagle led the Hokies to their second consecutive winning season, a program first, with a 10-8-4 overall record. In addition to upsetting three nationally-ranked opponents, Tech also finished seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference, compiling a 4-4-2 record during the regular season and qualifying for the league tournament for the second time under Cagle’s tenure. The Hokies proceeded to make ACC history, advancing past No. 5 Florida State in the quarterfinals and No. 12 Virginia in the semifinals before falling to eventual national champion North Carolina in the conference championship match. Tech became the lowest seed to ever advance past the quarterfinal round, much less make the finals, since the ACC transitioned to its current 12-team format in 2005. For its efforts, Tech was awarded the program’s second bid to the NCAA Tournament.
After an outstanding season, Jukich became the sixth Hokie named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team, joining Marika Gray (2007), Laurie Beth Puglisi (2006), Ashley Stinson (2004), Emily Barnhart (2003) and Hope Handley (1995). Jukich is also the first Tech player since Ashley Stinson in 2004 to garner second-team accolades.
The Clifton, Va., native was also an All-ACC second team honoree after ending the year with a team-high 15 goals, the second highest single-season goal total in Hokie history. Jukich averaged 0.65 goals per game, the third best clip in the ACC, and her 31 total points ranked her fourth in the conference. She is now Tech’s all-time leading scorer with 25 career goals and sits third in the record book with 52 career points.
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