Long, Six from @HerdWSoccer Earn All-C-USA Honors
Herd in midst of winningest season in history
IRVING, Texas – Six Marshall women’s soccer student-athletes received All-Conference USA recognition, and the Herd’s Kevin Long was named the league’s co-Coach of the Year.
The Herd’s six selections are the most in program history.
C-USA unveiled a 12-player first team, an 11-player second team, a 12-player third team, and an 11-player All-Freshman squad on Tuesday. Marshall, Rice and repeat regular-season champion North Texas led the league with six selections apiece.
Among those honored on the first team were senior midfielder Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior defender Jenna Dubs (Green Lane, Pa.). Junior forward Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.) and senior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) were recognized on the second team. Forward Jayne Lawman (Winfield, W.Va.) and midfielder Ashley Seltzer (Knoxville, Tenn.) received All-Freshman honors.
“Our whole team has worked so hard over the last year and I am thrilled that as a result of that combined effort, we have several players placed on all-conference teams,” Long said. “The names have been mentioned so often throughout the season. We know how huge each player’s impact has been for us this season, and I am thrilled that the conference agrees.”
Culicerto and Arnold are repeat winners from 2014, joining Erika Duncan – now assistant coach for the Herd – as the only Marshall players to be honored more than once. The awards are firsts for Dubs, Kish, Lawman and Seltzer. Rookies Lawman and Seltzer are the first to earn All-Freshman honors since Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio) in 2012.
“Kelly, Jenna, Kish, Sydney and our two freshmen, Jayne and Ashley – I am thrilled for them and the program as a whole,” Long said. “Like our entire team, these six do a great job in every aspect of being a student-athlete and I am thrilled for each of them as the conference has acknowledged their impact on the field.”
The co-Coach of the Year honor is the first of Long’s seven-plus seasons at Marshall. He earns the league’s top coaching award for leading the Herd to its winningest season in program history (13-3-3, 6-2-2). Marshall earned its highest seed in the C-USA Tournament, coming in at No. 2 with a 1-0 shutout of Old Dominion to end the regular season (Oct. 30).
The second-seeded Herd will face No. 7 seed Louisiana Tech in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. ET at FIU Soccer Stadium in Miami. The winner will advance to the semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m. ET against No. 3 Florida Atlantic or No. 6 Old Dominion.
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