The college soccer season is fast approaching and that means it's time for preseason awards.
Two members of the
Virginia women’s soccer team were honored Wednesday (July 31) as
TopDrawerSoccer.com announced its Preseason Best XI teams. Junior midfielder
Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) was named to the first team and senior
defender Annie Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.) was named to the third team.
Brian is one of three current collegiate players to have already made an
appearance with the U.S. Women’s National Team. The two-time first-team All-ACC
selection is coming off a four-goal, seven-assist sophomore season where she
was named ACC Tournament MVP as the Cavaliers won their second conference
Steinlage transferred to Virginia in January after playing three seasons at
Michigan State. A first-team All-Big Ten defender the last two seasons, she had
three goals and five assists for the Spartans in 2011.
The Cavaliers open the regular season on Aug. 23 with the inaugural Klöckner
Classic, featuring one of the strongest fields of any tournament in the nation
this season. The Cavaliers face in-state foe VCU in the season opener, while
traditional powers North Carolina and Santa Clara meet in the first game of the
day. On Aug. 25, Virginia plays Santa Clara and North Carolina faces VCU on the
second day of the tournament.