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DANBURY, Conn. – UConn women’s soccer standouts Gabrielle Charno and Rachel Hill were named 2014 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Women’s Soccer All-Stars, the ECAC announced on Thursday (Dec. 18). Hill was named a First Team All-Star, while Charno earned a spot on the Second Team. Representatives from ECAC Division I women’s soccer member institutions completed the voting for the All-Star teams.
The accolades add to a growing list of postseason laurels for sophomore forward Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) and senior defender Charno (Seaford, N.Y.). Both were named to the American Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team and were selected to the NSCAA All-Northeast Region teams (Hill First Team, Charno Second Team).
The award for Hill comes after a season that saw her win The American’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Conference Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player. The star striker scored 16 goals to lead The American and place 19th nationally, also adding three assists for 35 total points. Hill scored five game-winning goals on the year, including two in The American Championship in a quarterfinal win over Tulsa (Nov. 2) and a semifinal victory over No. 18 UCF (Nov. 7).
Charno, who was recently tabbed as a Third Team NSCAA Scholar All-American, anchored a UConn defense that was one of the Huskies’ best in nearly a decade. Connecticut recorded 11 shutouts on the year, most since 2006, and finished the season with a 0.87 team GAA. The Huskies were particularly dominant down the stretch, recording six consecutive shutouts in a late season span that included three games at The American Championship and an NCAA Tournament first round contest. Charno started 23 games at center back, leading all Huskies with 2,111 minutes logged. She also converted a key penalty kick in The American Championship title game shootout to help UConn lift the crown.
UConn went 14-5-5 in 2014, winning its first American Athletic Conference Championship and advancing to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.