Jan. 9, 1998
UVa finishes 1997 with overall record of 14-5-2
|Karem Esteva is one of three Cavaliers named to the All-State first team.|
Hucles And Esteva Earn All-America Honors
Following the completion of the 1997 season, two Cavaliers were named All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Sophomore forward Angela Hucles was a second team All-America selection, while junior defender Karem Esteva earned third team All-America honors.
Hucles and Esteva become only the sixth and seventh players in school history to earn NSCAA All-America honors. This is also only the second time Virginia has had two All-Americans in a single season, as Amanda Cromwell and Andrea Rubio were both first team selections in 1991.
Hucles Sets Single Season Marks Against JMU
Angela Hucles, the Cavaliers' leading scorer this season, broke the school single season records for both goals and points in the NCAA first round victory over James Madison. Hucles scored all three of UVa's goals against the Dukes, giving her 18 goals and five assists this season for 41 points.
She broke Andrea Rubio's single season record of 36 points (set in 1990), while also breaking her own school record of 17 goals, set last season. After only two seasons with the Cavaliers, Hucles is already close to breaking the UVa career record for goals scored. She currently has 35 goals in her collegiate career, ranking second all time at UVa behind only Rubio, who scored 36 goals from 1989-92. Hucles also stands fifth on the school career lists for points (75) and game-winning goals (10).
Virginia In The NCAA Tournament
The Cavaliers made their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season, and their 10th in the last 11 years. After advancing to the round of 16, Virginia now has an overall record of 2-10-0 in NCAA action. The Cavaliers are 1-7-0 at home in NCAA Tournament games and 1-3-0 on the road. Prior to this season's home victory over James Madison, Virginia's only victory in NCAA action came in 1991, when it posted a 2-0 win at Connecticut.
Cavaliers Tie For Third In ACC Regular Season
Virginia finished in a tie for third place in the ACC regular season standings. The Cavaliers went 4-3-0 in conference games this season, ending the year tied with Clemson and Maryland behind only North Carolina and Duke. Virginia has never finished lower than third in the ACC regular season standings. The Cavaliers have finished second four times, but have never won an ACC regular season title.
Three Cavaliers Earn All-ACC Honors
Virginia placed three players on this year's All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams, with all of them earning first team honors. Sophomores Angela Hucles and Megan Boehm are both first team All-ACC selections for the second straight season, while junior Karen Esteva was a first team selection after earning second team honors in both her freshman and sophomore years.
Esteva becomes only the the third player in school history to earn All-ACC honors at least three times, joining Tracey Kennedy (a four-time selection from 1987-90) and Amanda Cromwell (a four-time selection from 1988-91).
Boehm and Hucles join Dina Padula and Wendy Hartwig (both named second team All-ACC in 1995 and '96) as the only other UVa players to earn all-conference honors more than once.
Virginia Places Four On All-Region Team
Four Cavaliers were selected to the this season's All Mid-Atlantic Region teams. Angela Hucles and Karem Esteva were both first team selections, while Megan Boehm and Jennifer Rawlings both earned second team honors. Esteva is a first team all-region selection for the third year in a row, while Hucles earns first team all-region honors for the second straight season. Boehm earns all-region distinction for the first time, while Rawlings had been a third team selection last year. The Cavaliers have now had at least three players earn all-region honors in eight of the last nine years.
Hucles Leading The Way
Once again this season, sophomore forward Angela Hucles was the leading scorer for the Cavaliers. Although she struggled to put the ball in the net during the month of October, totaling only two goals, Hucles came up big with three goals in the NCAA first round victory over James Madison. Her hat trick against the Dukes was her second of the season, making her the first player in school history to record more than one career hat trick.
Prior to this year, there had been only three hat tricks in the history of UVa women's soccer. For the year, Hucles totaled 41 points on 18 goals and five assists. She has scored at least 17 goals in each of her first two seasons at Virginia, while no previous player had ever scored more than 13 goals.
Rawlings Assists in Victories
Senior midfielder Jennifer Rawlings has been a key part in the Cavaliers' success this season. She recorded nine assists on the year, with five of them coming on game-winning goals. In fact, Rawlings had an assist on the game winner in five of Virginia's last six victories. For the year Rawlings finished second on the team in scoring with five goals and nine assists for 19 points, including the game-winning goal in UVa's victory at Portland. In addition, the Cavaliers posted a record of 8-1-0 in games where Rawlings has recorded either a goal or an assist (the lone loss came at Duke).
Boehm Has Solid Season in Goal
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Boehm enjoyed another outstanding season for the Cavaliers. She played 18 games in goal this season and had a 1.05 goals against average with 44 saves. Boehm had a pair of solo shutouts on the year, including one on the road against third-ranked Portland. For her career, Boehm ranks fourth all-time at UVa with 83 saves. She had a career-high eight saves at Clemson earlier this season, and made six saves against William & Mary in the NCAA Tournament.
Esteva Leads The Cavalier Defense
Junior defender Karem Esteva, who has earned All-ACC honors in each of her three seasons, was one of the main reasons for the success of the UVa defense this year. She started every game at sweeper this season, playing more minutes than any other player on the squad (1,876). Esteva played the entire game in 19 of Virginia's 21 contests this season, while leading the Cavalier defense to a team goals against average of 1.18 and five shutouts. During her career, Esteva has started all 63 of the team's games.
Lache Comes Through in the Clutch
Although she scored only four times this season, every one of freshman midfielder Tracey Lache's goals won a game for the Cavaliers. Her last goal came against N.C. State, when she knocked in a corner kick by Jennifer Rawlings to open the scoring, as the Cavaliers went on to a 2-0 win. Lache also knocked in a pass from Angela Hucles with less than three minutes to play to give the Cavaliers' a 3-2 win at Wake Forest, and scored off a feed from Rawlings to give UVa a 3-2 victory over William & Mary in sudden death overtime. Lache's only other goal this season was the game winner in UVa's 5-2 victory at Penn State.
Before Angela Hucles scored three goals against James Madison in the first round, Virginia had totaled only four goals in its previous 10 NCAA Tournament games. Three of those four goals were scored by Amanda Cromwell, a two-time All-American. Cromwell netted three unassisted goals in NCAA action, the first coming during the 2-1 loss to Massachusetts in 1989.
Cromwell also had the game winner at Connecticut in 1991 (one of only two UVa game-winning goals in NCAA Tournament play), and the team's lone goal during the 5-1 loss to North Carolina in the 1991 national semifinals. Virginia's only other goal in NCAA Tournament play came from Tracy DiMillio off a feed from Cindi Kunihiro, during the 2-0 win over Connecticut.
The Record Breakers
Angela Hucles broke a number of single season records this year and is closing in on some career marks, but she is not the only Cavalier player putting her name in the record book. Jennifer Rawlings had nine assists on the season, placing her fourth on the Virginia single season list. Rawlings also finished her career with a total of 23 assists, ranking second all-time at UVa behind only Andrea Rubio (30 assists / 1989-92). Tania Jovanovic and Wendy Hartwig are finished their careers in the all-time top 10 for assists, with 17 each to tie for sixth place. In addition, Jovanovic holds the school record for career game-winning assists with 10, while Rawlings ranks fourth with seven.
Tracy Plays Solid in the Middle
Freshman midfielder Katie Tracy was among the top offensive threats for the Cavaliers this season. She totaled four goals and four assists for 12 points, and tied with Tracey Lache for fourth on the squad in scoring. Her last goal came in the win over Loyola (Md.), when she headed in a Jennifer Rawlings' corner kick for the game winner. On the season, Tracy was one of only four players on the squad to start every game, while she has played the fifth-most minutes (1,577). Following the completion of the soccer season Tracy joined the UVa women's basketball team, where she is a reserve point guard.
Five Cavaliers Earn All-State Honors
Virginia had five players selected to the 1997 Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) All-State teams. Karem Esteva, Angela Hucles and Jennifer Rawlings were all first team selections, while both Kelly McLaughlin and Megan Boehm were named to the second team. Esteva, Hucles and Rawlings were among only five players to be repeat selections on the first team, while McLaughlin earned second team honors for the second year in a row.
Heinrichs Has Another Successful Season
Now in her second season as the head coach at Virginia, April Heinrichs led the Cavaliers to another outstanding year this fall. UVa finished the season with an overall record of 14-5-2, with the 14 victories tying for the third most in school history. In her two years at Virginia, Heinrichs has led the Cavaliers to an overall record of 26-12-4. Over her eight-year career as a collegiate head coach, she now has a career record of 90-58-12.
Cavaliers Among Regional Leaders
Two Virginia players finished the season ranked among the Mid-Atlantic regional leaders in various statistical categories. Angela Hucles ranked sixth in the region in points with 41, and fifth in goals with 18. Jennifer Rawlings finished in eighth place in the region in assists with nine. In addition, the Cavaliers led the region in both total home attendance (8,357) and average home attendance (696).
Maxwell A Scoring Threat
Junior forward Jill Maxwell, one of the top scorers for the Cavaliers, returned to the starting lineup in the ACC Tournament after missing the previous three games due to injury. She finished the season ranked third on the team in scoring with 15 points on four goals and seven assists. Maxwell's biggest game of the year came against Washington, when she put in the Cavaliers first goal and later scored the game winner. For the year Maxwell played in 18 games and totaled 1,328 minutes, after missing the first year and a half of her career with a knee injury and totaling only 391 minutes prior to this season.
Six Seniors Close Out Successful Careers
Six members of the UVa women's soccer team saw their careers come to an end at the conclusion of the 1997 season. Seniors Wendy Hartwig, Tania Jovanovic, Katie Kiladis, Kelly McLaughlin, Jennifer Rawlings and Brit Swenberg all closed out their careers this season. During their four years with the Cavaliers, the group led the team to an overall record of 53-22-9 for a .685 winning percentage. They also helped the Cavaliers to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of their four seasons.
Unlikely Heroes Net First Goals of the Season
In the 2-1 victory over Florida State on Oct. 18, two Cavaliers scored their first goals of the season. Senior forward Katie Kiladis hit the first goal for UVa, while senior forward Tania Jovanovic put in the game winning-goal. Kiladis' goal was her first since Sept. 14, 1996, when she put in UVa's final goal in a 6-1 victory over Villanova. Jovanovic's goal was her first since her freshman season, as she last scored against Clemson on Oct. 9, 1994. Kiladis finished her career with totals of nine goals and six assists for 24 points, while Jovanovic had four goals and 17 assists for 25 points.
Where the 1996 Cavaliers stand on the Virginia all-time lists: Angela Hucles 2nd in goals (35) next: Andrea Rubio (36) 5th in game-winning goals (10) next: A. Cronwell & G. Smith (11) 5th in points (75) next: Amanda Cromwell (84) Tania Jovanovic 1st in game-winning assists (10) 6th in assists (17) next: Liz Kelley (19) Jennifer Rawlings 2nd in assists (23) next: Andrea Rubio (30) 4th in game-winning assists (7) next: Andrea Rubio (8) Wendy Hartwig 6th in assists (17) next: Liz Kelley (19) Brit Swenberg 3rd in goals against average (1.03) next: Andrea Rippe (0.79) 5th in shutouts (7) next: Shelly Shreve (10) 6th in saves (72) next: Megan Boehm (77) Megan Boehm 5th in saves (83) next: Sandy Kwitnieski (160) 1997 ACC Standings School ACC Pct. Overall Pct. North Carolina 7-0-0 1.000 27-0-1 .982 Duke 6-1-0 .857 14-6-1 .690 Virginia 4-3-0 .571 14-5-2 .714 Clemson 4-3-0 .571 15-7-0 .682 Maryland 4-3-0 .571 12-9-3 .563 N.C. State 2-5-0 .286 9-11-1 .452 Wake Forest 1-6-0 .143 11-8-2 .571 Florida State 0-7-0 .000 8-12-0 .400 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Teams FIRST TEAM Name School Pos. Yr. Megan Boehm Virginia G So. Karem Esteva Virginia D Jr. Lorrie Fair North Carolina D So. Nel Fettig North Carolina D Sr. Sara Burkett Clemson M Jr. Tiffany Roberts North Carolina M Jr. Laurie Schwoy North Carolina M So. Robin Confer North Carolina F Sr. Angela Hucles Virginia F So. Andi Melde Duke F Sr. Cindy Parlow North Carolina F Jr. SECOND TEAM Name School Pos. Yr. Meredith McCullen Clemson G Jr. Lauren Cyran Duke D Sr. Emily Janss Maryland D So. Lindsay Massengale Clemson D Jr. Staci Wilson North Carolina D Sr. Stefanie Mathews Wake Forest M Fr. Robin McCullough Maryland M Jr. Kristy Whelchel Duke M Jr. Samantha Baggett Duke F Sr. Sheri Bueter Clemson F Jr. Keri Sarver Maryland F Jr. Player of the Year: Andi Melde, Duke Rookie of the Year: Isis Dallis, Duke Coach of the Year: Bill Hempen, Duke UVa in the Polls
Virginia finished the season ranked No. 12 in the nation by Soccer America, No. 15 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, No. 15 by Soccer News and No. 11 by Soccer Times. UVa was one of 13 teams to be ranked in all four polls all year long, along with Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Portland, Santa Clara, Texas A&M and William & Mary. Here is a look at where UVa was ranked in each of the polls this year:Soccer NSCAA Soccer Soccer America News Times Preseason No. 7 No. 11 No. 8 No. 8 September 1 No. 7 -- No. 8 -- September 8 No. 9 No. 8 No. 9 No. 8 September 15 No. 5 No. 3 No. 5 No. 3 September 22 No. 4 No. 3 No. 4 No. 3 September 29 No. 5 No. 4 No. 5 No. 7 October 6 No. 5 No. 4 No. 5 No. 6 October 13 No. 6 No. 5 No. 8 No. 6 October 20 No. 6 No. 5 No. 8 No. 5 October 27 No. 9 No. 8 No. 9 No. 8 November 3 No. 9 No. 8 No. 9 No. 8 November 10 No. 12 No. 13 No. 11 No. 11 Postseason -- No. 15 No. 15 -- UVa in the NCAA's Overall Record: 2-10-0 Year Round Site Opponent Score 1987 First H William & Mary L 0-1 1988 First A Central Florida L 0-2 1989 First H Massachusetts L 1-2 1990 Second H Connecticut L 0-1 1991 Second A Connecticut W 2-0 Semis A North Carolina L 1-5 1992 Second H Duke L 0-2 1994 First H George Mason L 0-3 1995 Second H Santa Clara L 0-1 1996 First A Duke L 0-1 1997 First H James Madison W 3-1 Second H William & Mary L 0-1 UVa Record Breakdown When scoring first 10-1-0 When leading at halftime 8-0-0 When trailing at halftime 1-5-0 When tied at halftime 5-0-2 When game goes into overtime 1-0-1 When attempting more shots than opponent 12-1-2 When attempting fewer shots than opponent 2-4-0 When attempting more corner kicks than opponent 11-3-2 When attempting fewer corner kicks than opponent 3-1-0 vs. Atlantic 10 Conference 1-0-0 vs. Big Ten Conference 1-0-0 vs. Big 12 Conference 1-0-0 vs. Colonial Athletic Association 3-1-2 vs. Ivy League 1-0-0 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 1-0-0 vs. Pacific-10 Conference 1-0-0 vs. West Coast Conference 1-0-0 vs. ranked opponents 5-5-1
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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