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Gillis excels on and off soccer field

Loudoun County High School alum Gabby Gillis recently received all-american honors for athletics and academics at Christopher Newport University.—Photo Courtesy/CNU OCPR
Postseason accolades continue to roll in for Loudoun County High School alum Gabrielle 'Gabby' Gillis following a stellar junior season for Christopher Newport University's women's soccer team.

Along with her athletic prowess, Gillis is also earning honors for her work in the classroom.

Gillis, a versatile center midfielder, helped the Captains set program marks for wins in a season (19), winning percentage (.929), goals in a season (77) and goals-against average (0.56) in 2017.

Christopher Newport (19-1-1) won 2017 Capital Athletic Conference season and tournament championships before advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

Gillis tied her teammate Riley Cook for the team- and league-lead in scoring with 34 points (14 goals, six assists). Gillis also led the CAA in total shots with 93, which ranks as the second highest total in program history.

For her efforts, Gillis earned the CAA Player of the Year award and became the first CNU player to garner United Soccer Coaches first team All-American honors.

Gillis was also named a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American. A double major in psychology and sociology, Gillis maintains a 3.52 grade point average.

Prior to CNU, Gillis played four varsity seasons for head coach Kirk Smith at Loudoun County. She helped the Raiders win multiple district and regional titles, as well as the 2015 Virginia High School League Class 4 state championship.

Christopher Newport's roster also features local players Darby Stephens (Woodgrove), Hailey Shaw (Loudoun County), Alexis Haycraft (Briar Woods), Carly Melkus (Briar Woods), Maddie Kelsey (Rock Ridge) and Kira Warner (Briar Woods).

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