This season’s Conference USA honors have been awarded and on the lists are Charlotte 49ers Meredith Hamby, Abby Stapleton, Megan Greene, Kelley Suggs, and Martha Thomas.
Meredith Hamby and Abby Stapleton were added to the All-Conference USA Freshman team, marking the second-straight season that two Charlotte players were placed on the freshman team. It is the eighth season in a row that at least a singe player has earned a spot on the team.
Stapleton has been the team’s chief goalkeeper for the large majority of the season, starting in 17 0f 18 matches. In a come-back win over FAU at Transamerica field, she recorded her highest number of saves during a conference match at nine shots. She earned her career best in Charlotte’s season opener against USF with 10 saves.
Hamby saw the most minutes of any field player at 1584 minutes of playing time. As a part of the back line she helped hold 10 opponents to a goal or or less, six times in conference matches, through her incredible defensive play.
Three Niners were placed All-Conference teams, including Kelley Suggs to the All-Conference USA third team and Martha Thomas and Megan Greene were placed on theAll-Conference USA first team.
Suggs was also tabbed to the 2016 All-Conference USA Tournament team when Charlotte won the conference title last season. At her defensive midfielder position she helped her defense in holding those 10 opponents to their one goal or less as well as playing an integral part in one of the most impressive offensive strikes in the nation.
Greene who was Suggs’ high school and club teammate, certainly earned her spot on the first team this season after previously earning a spot on the All-Conference USA team and being named the conference’s freshman of the year. She was the fourth freshman in program history last season to have reached 10 goals as a freshman, and she has reached that landmark again this season grabbing another double-digit season at 10 goals yet again.
Thomas, currently an All-America candidate, was awarded both a spot on the All-Conference USA team as well as being named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row. She was also chosen as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year this fall and clearly lived up to the title repeatedly.
She is currently 1 of 10 candidates for the Senior CLASS award and was featured in Sports Illustrated last fall as one of six athletes in the Faces in the Crowd section. Of many recognitions received from TopDrawerSoccer.com, she was placed at No. 20 on their National Midseason Top 100 charts, most certainly the highest ranking ever receive by a Conference-USA player.
Thomas enters post regular season holding the program’s records for most goals with 45, most points with 116, and most shots with 297 shots. As far as game-winning goals though, she only needs one more to equal Whitney Weinraub’s 13.
These outstanding 49ers and their excellent teammates will began their conference tournament play in the quarterfinals as the N0. 8 seed defeated the No. 1 seed and regular season champions Rice this morning.