Oglethorpe's Topher Marshall earns coaches' Scholar All-America and All-Region honors for second straight season
Oglethorpe senior midfielder Topher Marshall received an outstanding cap to his career from the United Soccer Coaches Monday, earning spots on the organization's Scholar All-America and Scholar South All-Region first teams. It marked the second consecutive season in which he earned both honors. The Scholar All-America teams were voted on by a panel of coaches from around the nation while the Scholar All-Region teams were voted on by coaches from around the South region.
It also marked the second national postseason honor of the season for Marshall, who took second team all-American honors from the organization in late November. The Stormy Petrel midfielder also garnered South Atlantic All-Region first team accolades around the same time, marking the third time in his career he's made a coaches' All-Region team. He 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, having earned All-America, All-Region first team and Scholar All-America first team honors in each of the final two seasons of his career. He won the SAA Offensive Player of the Year award twice and the SAA Newcomer of the Year award his freshman season.
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 37 student-athletes as Division III men's scholar all-Americans Monday, dispersed over three teams. They also honored 33 players on the scholar South All-Region teams. This year's all-America and scholar all-America teams will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments in January at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago.