MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. –
Charlotte women’s soccer had two of its 2015 standouts recognized Wednesday as members on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) all-state teams. Sophomore Martha Thomas
earned first-team accolades, while junior Katie O’Neill
received second-team plaudits.
Thomas, a repeat winner from 2014, ended her season with a Conference USA-best and career-high 13 goals on her way to being named to the league’s first team. She became only the third player in school history to post multiple double-digit scoring seasons and the first of the trio of accomplish the feat in her first two years.
The Weston, Florida, native set a school record with 92 shots and added three assists for 29 points, establishing another career best. Her 24 goals thus far as a 49ers player move her into a share of ninth place on the program’s all-time list.
Thomas also was one of three players in Conference USA during 2015 to receive All-Conference USA First Team and All-Conference USA Academic First Team honors.
O’Neill made an immediate impact on the Niners program as a transfer, leading the squad with six assists on her way to garnering All-Conference USA Third Team accolades. The transfer joined Thomas as the only two players to start all 19 matches and was second to her teammate in points (14) and shots (44), while placing third on the squad with four goals and 16 shots on goal.
The Kearny, New Jersey, product was named to the Sept. 29 TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week after putting together her best game to-date with the 49ers, registering two goals and adding an assist in the league-opening 3-2 triumph over UAB Sept. 25. She factored into all three of Charlotte’s goals, assisting on Thomas’ game winner late in the second half.
It marks the fourth-straight season in which the 49ers have had at least one player named to the All-NCCSIA teams and the sixth time in head coach John Cullen
’s seven years. Thomas becomes the eighth multi-time selection in program history, since the awards started in 2003.