Ashland University redshirt-senior center back Sydney Wright and junior midfielder Emily Mark were each named to the D2CCA All-Midwest Region second team the organization announced on Wednesday (Nov. 20) afternoon.
The D2CCA all-region teams are nominated and selected by the region's sports information directors.
Wright is now a two-time all-region standout after earning first team honors from the United Soccer Coaches last season. She is a three-time All-GLIAC selection and was named to the first team for the second straight season this year.
The Eagles (14-4-1) kept five clean sheets with Wright in the lineup and she helped the team achieve a 0.93 goals against average as they allowed one or no goals in 13 of her 16 games played this season. She was the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 14 after the Eagles allowed just one goal in two games against Northwood and Ferris State, scoring the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win against the Bulldogs.
This is the first time Mark has been named to an all-region team after winning All-GLIAC first team honors this season. She was named to the All-GLIAC second team as a freshman in 2017.
Mark held down one of the central midfield spots for the Eagles, serving as a ball-winner and distributor in a key part of the field. She was crucial to Ashland's success as a possession team and acting as the conduit between the back line and the attacking group.
She has one assist on the season which came in a 3-1 win at Ferris State on Sept. 29.
The duo has led the Eagles to their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. They are the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region and will play No. 5 seed McKendree in the first round at 10 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 22) in Allendale, Mich.
With one more win the Eagles would have their highest win total since the 2004 team that won 19 games.