ST LOUIS, Mo. (December 15, 2007) - One day after being named to the All-Northeast Region team, University of Connecticut women's soccer players Meghan Schnur (Butler, Pa.) and Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) received one of the top honors in the sport by being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas All-America first team. It is the first national All-American award for both of them.
Schnur and Taylor are the first Huskies honored as All-Americans since Kristen Graczyk won the award for the second time in 2004. The last time Connecticut had two All-Americans in the same season was 2001 when Alex Borisjuk and Casey Zimny were honored. Schnur and Taylor are the 25th and 26th UConn women's soccer players to win the award since the program's inception in 1979.
Schnur finished her senior season as the team's leading scorer with five goals and nine assists for 24 points. Her 28 career assists rank ninth all the all-time Husky career list. She was already honored as the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, as well as earning ALL-BIG EAST first team honors for the fourth time. The All-American honor goes along with her earning a spot on the NSCAA All-Northeast Region first team for the fourth time.
A junior, Taylor was the leader of the Husky backline, with the task of guarding the opposing team's best offensive player. With her leading the way, the Huskies recorded shutouts against top 10 teams West Virginia (Oct. 14) and Stanford (Nov. 23). She was already honored this year as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year as well as her third straight appearance on the All-BIG EAST first team. She also earned her third appearance on the NSCAA All-Northeast Region team, as in addition to first team honors this year, she took first team honors as a sophomore in 2006 and second team honors as a freshman in 2005.
Connecticut concluded this season 14-6-2. They advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 2003. Their final NSCAA national ranking of ninth is also the highest since they finished second in 2003.
NSCAA/Adidas All America First Team Position Name Year School GK Alyssa Naeher So. Penn State D Nikki Krzysik Jr. Virginia D Stephanie Lopez Sr. Portland D Becky Sauerbraun Sr. Virginia D Brittany Taylor Jr. Connecticut M Yael Averbuch Jr. North Carolina M Tobin Heath So. North Carolina M Meghan Schnur Sr. Connecticut F Brittany Bock Jr. Notre Dame F Lauren Cheney So. UCLA F Parrissa Eyorokon Sr. Purdue F Kerri Hanks Jr. Notre Dame F Mami Yamaguchi Jr. Florida State