Topher Marshall earns second straight United Soccer Coaches All-America nod

Topher Marshall earns second straight United Soccer Coaches All-America nod

Senior midfielder Topher Marshall of the Oglethorpe men's soccer team picked up All-America recognition from the United Soccer Coaches Thursday night, marking the second straight season in which he's earned the honor. The organization named him to their All-America second team as voted by Division III coaches from around the nation.

The Stormy Petrel midfielder garnered All-South Atlantic Region first team honors earlier this week, marking the third time in his career he's made a coaches' All-Region team. He also garnered his fourth straight All-SAA first team honor in 2018 and continued his run as the best midfielder in the conference. He finished the season at 0.44 assists per game, putting him atop the league leaderboard in that stat. He also tied for first in the league with seven total assists. Both of those marks placed him sixth in the South Atlantic region. He finished fifth in the SAA in points per game (1.19) and shots per game (2.94), as well as finishing tied for fifth with three game-winning goals. He earned a spot on the SAA all-tournament team for his efforts in that event, which included a golden goal to beat Berry in the semifinal round. He also earned SAA Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 1.

Marshall finishes his Oglethorpe career as the most decorated player in program history. He's now the only Petrel men's soccer to player to earn all-America recognition in two separate seasons. He's also earned All-Region first team honors in each of the last two seasons. He won the SAA Offensive Player of the Year award twice and the SAA Newcomer of the Year award his freshman season. He earned a spot on the coaches' scholar all-America first team after the 2017 season and has earned recognition on the SAA academic honor roll in each of the last three years, with both awards still pending for 2018. 

The Oglethorpe senior also took part in the most successful four-year stretch in program history. Since 2015, the Petrels have won four straight SAA regular season titles, an SAA tournament championship, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2017. Oglethorpe accrued a 47-13-9 overall record and a 24-1-3 mark in SAA play during Marshall's years on the team. The team currently enjoys a 21-game unbeaten streak in conference regular-season play.

The United Soccer Coaches honored 49 student-athletes as Division III men's All-Americans Thursday, dispersed over three teams. The organization announced the teams as part of the awards banquet for the NCAA Division III Soccer Championships, set to be decided Friday and Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina, where the semifinals and finals of both the men's and women's events will be held. This year's All-America teams will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments in January at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago.