Reggae Girlz goalie Sydney Schneider creates history in NWSL Draft

By January 14, 2021

Reggae Girlz custodian Sydney Schneider created history on Wednesday when she became the first player from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to be selected in the National Women’s Soccer League Draft.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper was the 29th pick by the Washington Spirit in the virtual draft.

Creating history is nothing new to the 1.78m tall Schneider who was a member of Jamaica’s history-making Reggae Girlz side that was the first from the Caribbean to ever qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup that was played in France in 2019.

She also racked up a basket full of accolades during her standout collegiate career at UNCW where she majored in exercise science.

The inaugural winner of the Colonial Athletic Association Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2019, Schneider also earned First-Team All-CAA and NCCSIA All-State distinction as a junior after posting a 1.06 goals-against average while stopping 73.5 per cent of the shots she faced.

And in the year that she played in the World Cup, she won the CAA Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Her college coach Chris Neal expressed his pride for his history-making goalie.

 “I could not be happier for Sydney. She is so deserving of this chance. She is a great example that dreams can be realized in a UNCW Seahawk jersey. I speak for our entire team when I say we are elated and so excited to see what the future holds for her,” he said.

 

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