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Cathey Named to All-Conference USA Third Team

Junior defender Alyssa Cathey

Nov. 4, 2013

IRVING, Texas - Marshall junior defender Alyssa Cathey (Fort Collins, Colo.) has earned All-Conference USA third team honors, the conference announced Monday.

This is her first all-conference award. Cathey is the fifth Herd player in program history to earn third team honors, and the seventh player ever to earn all-conference honors.

Cathey is an anchor of the 2013 Thundering Herd defense, which has allowed only 14 goals in 18 outings and has nine shutouts so far, the second-most shutouts in a Herd season. Marshall is tied for first in C-USA in goals allowed (14) and boasts the lowest goals-against average in the conference (0.74).

She has also been a factor on the offensive side of the pitch, scoring two critical goals in the 2013 conference season. Cathey scored her first 2013 goal in a 2-1 overtime victory versus Middle Tennessee, Oct. 20. She also recorded a goal in the 2-2 double overtime match versus Tulsa, Oct. 27. She ranks fourth on the team in goals and is tied for fourth in points this season (4). She also has started every 2013 match and all but one in 2012.

Tonight, the Herd (9-6-3, 4-4-2 C-USA) begins its first postseason since 2010 as the East Division No. 5 seed in the C-USA Tournament first round in Houston. Marshall takes on West Division No. 4 seed and tournament host Rice (7-7-3, 5-4-1 C-USA) at 8 p.m. ET. For more information, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.