Women's Soccer / Defender / Junior / Louisville, Ky.
Sydney Mathis is a junior defender on the Maroon women's soccer team. At her left back position, Mathis has helped lead a UChicago defense that has not allowed a goal in any of its four NCAA postseason games so far. The Maroons won those contests by a combined score of 13-0 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the fifth time. Mathis and the back line have produced a school-record 17 shutouts this season.
Head Coach Amy Reifert: "Sydney has been a mainstay and constant force in our back line. She is an outstanding defender who has played an integral role in our defense’s record-setting number of shutouts and fewest goals allowed. On the field, she is a fierce, tenacious competitor who expects the most of herself and others. Off the field, she is an incredibly positive influence who impacts her teammates on a daily basis. Her smile brightens everyone’s day and she is always the first to compliment her teammates, especially when she sees 'creativity on the field'. She is a huge part of our personality and team dynamic."
Teammate Whitley Cargile: "I feel lucky to get play with Sydney on the left side. She is extremely reliable and reads the game very well, enabling her to stop counter-attacks in their tracks. She bring an offensive spark, with her long runs out of the back. Her laugh always put a smile on my face and her sense of fashion puts us all to shame. I am lucky to call her my friend."
Other WAA nominees
Khia Kurtenbach (Women's Cross Country)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "NCAA titles are hard to come by and she did not go into the meet as the favorite. I thought she ran a really smart tactical race and when she gapped the field, she kept pushing hard to the finish. I could not be more pleased with her performance."
Olariche Obi (Women's Basketball)
- Head Coach Carissa Sain Knoche: "Through three games, Ola is averaging a double-double and currently has more offensive than defensive rebounds. She has set a tremendous standard for her teammates and our program with her willingness to play hard. She gives tremendous effort on both ends of the floor – crashing rebounds, diving for loose balls, getting blocks on defense. She also has welcomed the pressure moments on offense too – wanting the ball in big situations and finding a way to get us the best possible shot. She has personified what it means to be a team player through her individual play. It’s been awesome to watch!"
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