Three from @HerdWSoccer Earn NSCAA All-Region Honors
Most for Marshall in a single season
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three Marshall women’s soccer student-athletes earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I All-Central Region honors, announced Friday.
Seniors defender Jenna Dubs (Green Lane, Pa.) and senior midfielder Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) were named to the first team, and junior forward Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.) made the second team.
The three awards are the most for Marshall in a single season.
“We have to go pretty far back to find another Herd women’s soccer player named as a NSCAA Central Region first or second team player,” Herd coach Kevin Long said. “Dubs, Kelly and Syd are players who deserve recognition for their play and I am thrilled that teams from outside our conference could also see their impact. Like any individual award, I know our team takes great pride in how they all did on and off the field this past fall, and I know they too will be extremely proud to see the Herd represented by these three players.”
The honors are the first of Dubs’ and Arnold’s careers. Culicerto was a second-team selection in 2014, and this is her first selection to the first team. Amanda McMahon is the only other Herd player in program history to make the first team, in 2001. Other second-team honorees include now-assistant coach Erika Duncan (2010) and McMahon (2000).
Dubs set a record with 80 consecutive starts in a Herd uniform, every match of her career. She was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week four times in 2015, most of any player in the league. A 2015 All-C-USA first team and All-Academic second team selection, Dubs tied for second on the Herd with four assists while acting as the team’s primary corner kick specialist.
Culicerto is a two-time All-C-USA first team and All-Academic first team selection. A 2015 Senior CLASS Candidate, she broke Marshall records for season shots (95), career game-winning goals (10) and career shots (236) this year. She earned her first C-USA Offensive Player of the Week accolade in the last week of the regular season (Nov. 2).
Arnold led the Herd in points this season (23) with nine goals and five assists, good for fourth place in Marshall history. She was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week twice, and her nine goals ties for second place all-time for the Herd. A two-time All-C-USA second team selection, she landed four game-winners in 2015 and had three multi-goal matches.
The Herd finished 2015 with its best record in program history (15-4-3, 6-2-2), and reached the C-USA Championship match for the first time.
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