Arnold and Sackaris Earn All-C-USA Honors
Arnold earns her third straight All-Conference selection, a program-best
Arnold earned her first ever All-Conference first team selection, while Sackaris landed on the All-Conference third team and the All-Freshman team.
C-USA unveiled a 11-player first team, an 11-player second team, a 11-player third team, and an 12-player All-Freshman squad on Tuesday. WKU led the league with five selections.
This marks Arnold’s third straight All-Conference selection, which is a program-best. She landed on the second team in 2014 and 2015. The Stafford, Va., native finished her Thundering Herd career with 18 goals, 17 assists, 51 points, six game-winning goals, 76 matches started, 77 matches played and over 4,900 minutes. In 2015, she became the first ever Marshall player to earn two C-USA Player of the Week honors in the same season, all while leading the team in career-highs of 23 points, nine goals and five assists.
“Syd has been such a powerful and impacting player for us for each of the four years here at Marshall,” women’s soccer head coach Kevin Long said. “I am happy that the conference coaches could recognize that throughout our team’s struggles this season. Sydney was more consistent than ever this year in bringing danger to the field, and I am thrilled that she was recognized for the high-level of play she brought to the field every single day. We know great success still lies ahead of this fantastic student and athlete, and clearly, she will be missed both on and off the field as she moves on to life after Marshall.”
Sackaris became the first freshman to earn All-Freshman and All-Conference honors in the same season since Erin Simmons (2012-15) did so in 2012. This season, Sackaris led the team with seven goals, two of which were game-winner, and tied for the lead in points with 16. The Smithtown, N.Y., native became the first freshman to score seven goals in a season since Amanda McMahon (2000-01) did so in 2000.
“Jordan had a fantastic freshman campaign,” Long said. I think when we reflect on the season she had, we get very excited about where her career can take her. Being acknowledged as one of the top 10 forwards in the league as a freshman is a fantastic statement on what she was able to accomplish out of gate. We are very eager and excited to see her progress from here.”
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