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Thomas, McHenry collect conference all-academic honors
IRVING, Texas – Charlotte women’s soccer had two of its players garner All-Conference USA Academic Team recognition, as the league announced its annual postseason teams Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Martha Thomas was named to the academic first team, while redshirt senior Annika McHenry earned second-team plaudits.

Thomas’ honor comes a day after she was chosen as an All-Conference USA First Team selection for her accomplishments on the field. She is the first 49ers player to receive both athletic and academic all-conference accolades in the same season from Conference USA and only the 14th overall in school history, including the program’s eight-year run (2005-12) in the Atlantic 10.

She also is one of three players this year in Conference USA to be picked to the All-Conference USA First Team and All-Conference USA Academic First Team, joining Marshall’s Kelly Culicerto and Middle Tennessee’s Kelsey Brouwer.

Thomas carries a 3.82 GPA as a pre-kinesiology major in her second year in school. She was tabbed to the 2014-15 Conference USA Honor Roll, while adding a Perfect Niner honor to her credit during the Spring 2015 term with a 4.0 semester GPA. She began her collegiate career with a spot on the Fall 2014 Dean’s List.

On the field, she finished the regular season as Conference USA’s leader with a career-high 13 goals, ranking among the national leaders all year. She also was among the top performers across the league with career bests of 92 shots (1st) and 29 points (2nd). The 92 shots established a new single-season standard in the Charlotte record books.

She is one of only three players in school history to post more than one double-digit goal scoring season and the only member of the trio to accomplish the feat in her first two campaigns. Her 24 career goals thus far already place her into a tie for ninth on the school’s career list.

McHenry concluded her collegiate playing career this fall and is set to graduate in December with a 3.56 GPA as a criminal justice major. The redshirt senior missed only one match in her final two years for the Niners, providing a solid stalwart between the pipes.

Off the field, she received 2014 NSCAA All-South Honorable Mention Academic honors and joined Thomas on the 2014-15 Conference USA Honor Roll. She had a Perfect Niner nod in Fall 2014 with a 4.0 semester GPA, while being slotted as a Dean’s List member in Spring 2015.

Back on the field, she finished her career among the program’s all-time leaders in several categories, including 51 games played (tied for 3rd), four ties (tied for 3rd), 49 decisions (tied for 3rd), 4444:00 minutes played (3rd), 219 saves (3rd), 47 games started (4th) and nine shutouts (6th).

McHenry had a two strings this fall of three-straight matches allowing a goal or less, including two overtime games among the half-dozen contests.

Charlotte has had two All-Conference USA Academic Team honorees each of its three years back in Conference USA. Thomas joins Alex Kubrick in 2013 as the only first-team picks, while both Thomas and McHenry collected their first by a league in their respective careers.

All-Conference USA Academic Teams

Martha Thomas, Charlotte
Sophia Trujillo, FIU
Claire Emslie, Florida Atlantic
Kathryn Sloan, Louisiana Tech
Kelly Culicerto, Marshall
Kelsey Brouwer, Middle Tennessee
Kathryn Hill, Old Dominion
Brittany Taylor, Southern Miss
Bria Barreiro, UTEP
Angela Cutaia, UTEP
Caitlin Haase, WKU

Annika McHenry, Charlotte
Mary Ellen Crist, FIU
Jenna Dubs, Marshall
Jordan Parkhurst, Marshall
Tori Hawkins, Middle Tennessee
Emily Jorgenson, Middle Tennessee
Rachel Holden, North Texas
Molly Grisham, North Texas
Holly Hargreaves, Rice
Lauren Hughes, Rice
Chandler Clark, WKU
Iris Dunn, WKU