In the midst of a disappointing season for East Carolina University’s soccer team, junior forward Courtney Cash was still recognized for the heart and talent she showcased on the field as she was honored to the American Athletic Conference second team, according to a press release from ECU Athletics.
“I was surprised that I was provided this accolade, but I was excited that my work was seen by my coach as well as the other coaches in our conference,” Cash said. “Above all, I was happy to see support from my teammates with them congratulating me on this.”
Looking at Cash’s statistics over the season, Cash led the Pirates in five statistical categories which includes goals (six), points (14), shots (38), shots on goal (21) and game-winning goals (three).
Cash started in all 18 contests for the team and scored at least once in five of those 18 matchups. She also accumulated four points in a game twice this season against Dayton (a goal and two assists), in a 3-2 victory for ECU’s season opener, and again against UNC Wilmington (two goals), in the 3-0 victory.
This is not the first time Cash has been recognized for her stellar play on the field, according to the press release. During her freshman year, Cash received AAC All-Rookie team honors in 2015 and this season, she was named AAC Offensive-Player-of-the-Week on Sept. 18 for her performance against No. 5 University of Virginia, when she recorded the only goal for the Pirates in a 1-1 tie.
The Pirates have represented the All-AAC selections every year since joining the conference back in 2014. Cash joins forward Lana Spitler (2016), forward Kendall Frey (2015) and defender Kelley Johnson (2014) as the fourth Pirate to receive this honor.
Cash will be returning for her senior season next year, which will be huge for the growth of this young team. According to Cash, she believes she must take the responsibility to fill in the void of the seniors’ leadership that will be leaving the locker room.
“I honestly feel like I have to step up into the leadership role more next year so that the entire team would be on one page,” Cash said. “I most definitely will miss the seniors this year but I may only learn from their past leadership and carry those traits and lessons with me into this next season.”