Houston Soccer junior Sydnie Green was named to the 2014 College Sports Madness Preseason All-Conference Second Team, Thursday.
"That's a great accomplishment, especially after being able to take a year off (after transferring) and to come back and play the sport that I love, and to be able to get the honors that I did," Green said. "I had a really good season last year, so it's a great honor. I'm really appreciative. Hopefully, I can work to better things, and that's what I'm trying to do this year."
Green was among the elite players honored in The American Athletic Conference on the expectation of significant contribution in the upcoming season. The defender was one of just four at her position named to the Second Team.
In 2013, Green logged more minutes than any other Houston player (1,409) and was one of just two to start in all 16 contests. The Corona, Calif. native helped lead the Cougars to all three of their shutouts and turned in a .750 (3-of-4) shot-on-goal percentage.
"It's great. She transferred in last year, and for her to come in and have an impact like she did was incredible," head coach Chris Pfau said. "Early in the season, especially against San Diego State when we tied them, she showed what she could do and dominated. That continued on through the season and she gave us leadership and experience back there. She set the tone for us."
COLLEGESPORTSMADNESS.com PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
F -- Tatiana Coleman, UCF
F--Rachel Hill, UConn
F--Valerie Sanderson, Memphis
F--Lena Petermann, UCF
M--Kaitlyn Atkins, Memphis
M--Nugene Nugent, Memphis
M--Kayla Adamek, UCF
M--Olivia Chance, South Florida
D--Taylor Barg, SMU
D--Haley Patsey, East Carolina
D--Diamond Smipson, Memphis
D--Carleigh Williams, UCF
GK--Shauni Kerkhoff, Temple
SECOND TEAM F--Demi Stokes, South Florida
F--Shelby Redman, SMU
F--Stephanie Ribeiro, UConn
F--Kelly Farrell, Temple
M--Kylie Davis, Memphis
M--Jennifer Martin, UCF
M--Rikki Clarke, SMU
M--Katy Couperus, Cincinnati
D--Sydnie Green, Houston
D--Roman Edwards, Tulsa
D--Gabrielle Charno, UConn
D--Caitlin Jancuska, Tulsa
GK--Maryse Bard-Martel, Memphis
Offensive Player of the Year: Tatiana Coleman-UCF
Defensive Player of the Year: Diamond Simpson-Memphis
Freshman of the Year: Sydney Kingston-Memphis
Coach of the Year: Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak-UCF
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Houston opens up play with a pair of exhibition matches against TCU in Fort Worth (Aug. 13) and at home versus Sam Houston State (Aug. 17) before beginning the season against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Carl Lewis Complex.
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