Ambere Barnett, Sarah Gorham and Nicole Roseland have each picked up All-C-USA honors as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon, with Barnett being named to the First Team and All-Freshman Team and Gorham and Roseland each earning a spot on the Second Team.

The all-conference honors are the first of Barnett and Gorham’s careers, while Roseland is now a three-time honoree (First Team in 2016, Second Team in 2017) while also earning an All-Freshman Team slot in 2015. Roseland is one of only six players in program history to earn all-conference honors at least three times and is the first to accomplish that feat since Iris Dunn did so in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

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Ambere Barnett. Credit: Steve Roberts

Barnett also joined exclusive company in Lady Topper history with her First Team nod, becoming only the second player in school history to earn First Team all-conference accolades as a freshman. The 2017 Kentucky Miss Soccer follows in the footsteps of Lady Topper legendary goalkeeper Libby Stout, who was named First Team All-Sun Belt in her debut season in 2008.

Among First and Second Team members, no member had more representatives than the Lady Toppers, with WKU, Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee each having three players named to the top two teams. The Lady Toppers had three or more players named to the top two teams for the second time in five seasons as a member of C-USA after previously having four First and Second Team members in 2016.

One of the top freshmen in the league from opening day, Barnett shined for the Lady Toppers this season with team-leading marks in goals (seven), assists (eight) and total points (22). Her eight assists were tied for third in WKU single-season history, while her 22 points were tied for seventh and were the most by a Lady Toppers since Amanda Buechel had 24 during the 2012 campaign.

Barnett also attempted 58 shots this season, tied for the fourth-most in a single season in program history, and became only the second WKU player to have multiple matches in a single season with five or more points after recording five (two goals, one assist) against Evansville on Aug. 23 and six (two goals, two assists) while facing UTEP on Oct. 7.

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Sarah Gorham. Courtesy WKU Athletics

Named WKU’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2017-18, Gorham capped her WKU career with a flourish as a redshirt senior, finishing with career bests in goals (six) and points (14). One of the most vocal leaders on the team, Gorham fired WKU’s match-winning goals against Evansville, FIU and UTEP this season and was critical in WKU’s 1-1 draw with then-No. 24 North Texas on Oct. 12, scoring for the Lady Toppers as WKU claimed its first point against the Mean Green since joining C-USA.

Despite missing the 2015 season due to injury, Gorham returned to appear in every possible match over her final three seasons, starting in all but two of those appearances. The Lexington, Ky., native rounded out her strong career on The Hill with 10 goals, seven assists and 27 points while finishing just outside the top 10 in school history with 103 shots. Gorham also wrote her name in WKU’s record book by scoring the 500th goal in program history against UT Martin on Aug. 19, 2016.

Often an unsung hero for the Lady Toppers while playing as a holding midfielder for much of her career, Roseland entered her senior season with one career point; despite that, the Altamonte Springs, Fla., native enjoyed the best statistical season of her career in 2018, scoring her first two career goals and adding four assists for WKU. Roseland also played a career-high 1,526 minutes (of a possible 1,620) this season, finishing her career with just under 6,000 minutes played for the Lady Toppers.

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Nicole Roseland. Courtesy Steve Roberts & WKU Athletics.

Roseland came up with a big assist on Senior Night for WKU, sending in a cross to Barnett for what would become the match-winning goal to send the seniors out with a victory. Roseland wrapped up her WKU career with 68 starts in 72 appearances; her 68 starts rank ninth in school history as she started the final 50 matches of her career.

WKU finished the 2018 campaign with a 5-8-4 overall record and a 3-5-2 mark in C-USA matches. For the second straight season, the Lady Toppers finished strong down the stretch, dropping only one of their final six matches while completing an undefeated season at the WKU Soccer Complex for only the second time in school history.

2018 All-C-USA First Team

Kelsey Daugherty, UAB

Ebba Blomqvist, Florida Atlantic

Dominique James, North Texas

Ola Akinniyi, Southern Miss

Lianne Mananquil, Rice

Mary O’Hara, Florida Atlantic

Hannah Tillett, Middle Tennessee

Nomvula Kgoale, Louisiana Tech

Peyton DePriest, Middle Tennessee

Megan Greene, Charlotte

Ambere Barnett, WKU

2018 All-C-USA Second Team

Jennifer Ocampo, Florida Atlantic

Sydney Navarro, Middle Tennessee

Riley Orr, Charlotte

Emily Roberts, Old Dominion

Miah Zuazua, Southern Miss

Nicole Roseland, WKU

Sarah Gorham, WKU

Iris Achterhof, Old Dominion

Aaliyah Nolan, North Texas

Annie Walker, Rice

Marah Abu-Tayeh, Marshall

Kamilah Mustafa, UAB

2018 All-C-USA Third Team

Kelsey Brann, North Texas

Carissa Sanders, North Texas

Ashley Seltzer, Marshall

Elizabeth Doll, Louisiana Tech

Alex Maxson, Florida Atlantic

Erin Mikeska, Rice

Amber Hoot, Middle Tennessee

Carla Morich, Old Dominion

Taylor Torres, North Texas

Ellis Patterson, UTSA

Elisha Holmes, Florida Atlantic

Julia Grainda, Charlotte

Berklee Peters, North Texas

2018 All-C-USA Freshman Team

Ambere Barnett, WKU

Hannah Tillett, Middle Tennessee

Hailey Landrus, Florida Atlantic

Kelsey Brann, North Texas

Delaney Schultz, Rice

Olivia Durham, Southern Miss

Alexandra Augustyn, Louisiana Tech

Jojo Ngongo, UTEP

Sandra Geiselhart, Charlotte

Lexi Bolton, UTSA

Kaydeen Jack, FIU

2018 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year

Peyton DePriest, Middle Tennessee

2018 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year

Dominique James, North Texas

2018 C-USA Midfielder of the Year

Lianne Mananquil, Rice

2018 C-USA Goalkeeper of the Year

Kelsey Daugherty, UAB

2018 C-USA Freshman of the Year

Hannah Tillett, Middle Tennessee

2018 C-USA Coach of the Year

Patrick Baker, Florida Atlantic

– @WKUSports –

Currie P. McFayden

WKU Associate Director of Athletic Communications


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