Morgan Brian and the Virginia women's soccer team had a record-setting season in 2013. The Cavaliers set school records in goals, assists, points, and shutouts. They also set the attendance record at Klöckner Stadium and had the longest winning streak in school history.
On Friday, Brian has a chance to set more program history. The junior midfielder is one of three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, along with Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA and Crystal Dunn of North Carolina.
Brian is the second finalist for the award in Virginia's history, after Caroline Miller was a nominee last season. If she wins, she will be the first winner from the UVa women's soccer program.
"It says a lot about the team," Brian said Tuesday. "You can't get an individual accolade unless you have a great team behind you, and you know there's three or four players on our team that could be just as deserving of the award as I am.
"We've had a good run this year and hopefully I can get it for them. It would be just another season record we could say we did this season, and it'd be awesome for that to happen. It's a great award and a good accomplishment."
Brian was the leading scorer in the ACC this season with 46 points on 16 goals and a league-high 14 assists. She was also a first-team NSCAA All-American and scored in all four of the Cavaliers’ NCAA Tournament victories on the way to a College Cup appearance.
"Thinking about everything we did this whole season, there's so many great things to be proud of," she says. "Just like setting the Klöckner attendance record, which is something we all wanted to do, and being undefeated at home. We were ACC regular season champions and 13-0 in the best conference in the country. I think that's just three things right there off the top of my head that are pretty amazing."