One in an occasional series about the fresh faces
hoping to join the U.S. women’s team
Defender Emily Sonnett was one of three players to earn her first cap on Oct. 25, 2015, against Brazil, as Jill Ellis looks to the future and filling spots on next summer’s Olympic roster.
(The other two to earn their first caps were forward Stephanie McCaffrey and defender Gina Lewandowski.)
Sonnett, a University of Virginia senior, played all 90 minutes at center back beside Becky Sauerbrunn. The United States won 3-1.
Sonnett is ESPNW’s women’s collegiate player of the year. Graham Hays of ESPNW wrote that she’s a natural leader, and that rare defender with outstanding offensive skills.
She’s also, well, kind of loud on the pitch.
“She motivates teammates, she organizes and instructs,” Hays wrote. “And when necessary, she puts the fear of God in them. All from the back line.”
Sonnett is on the watch list for the 2015 Hermann Trophy, awarded to the best collegiate player in America.
And her Virginia Cavaliers play USC today (Nov. 22) for a spot in the final eight of the NCAA championship tournament.
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