WOMEN’S SOCCER’S CHELSEA ARNOLD NOMINATED FOR NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR

WOMEN’S SOCCER’S CHELSEA ARNOLD NOMINATED FOR NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR

WOMEN'S SOCCER'S CHELSEA ARNOLD NOMINATED FOR NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former women's soccer player and recent graduate, Chelsea Arnold was named Sacramento State's NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee. Arnold is one of a record-setting 581 female student-athletes from 20 different sports across all NCAA Divisions to be nominated.

A four-year student-athlete at Sacramento State, Arnold recently graduated with a degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance. A four-time Big Sky All-Academic selection, Arnold graduated with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.65.

Most recently, Arnold was named to the All-Big Sky First Team after putting together an excellent senior season. A four-year defender for the Sacramento State women's soccer team, Arnold helped anchor a Hornets defense this past season that held opponents to one goal or fewer in 12 of her 16 games.

Despite being limited by a season-ending injury with four games remaining in the season, Arnold was voted the team's MVP and co-Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, Arnold was named All-Big Sky Honorable Mention during her freshman season, as well as voted the team's 2014 Rookie of the Year.

Arnold played in 73 matches, making 70 starts during her four years at Sacramento State. She helped lead her team to three straight tournament appearances while averaging nearly 1,400 minutes a season.

Off the field, Arnold served as co-President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee during her senior year. She was also the lead for Hornets Care, Sacramento State Athletics' community relations platform and helped her women's soccer team reach over 200 hours of community service.

During her junior year, Arnold received the Athletic Department's Hornet Award in recognition of her work with the Hornets Care program. That year alone, Arnold and her co-founder contributed over 100 hours of work through Hornets Care Volunteering, organized nine student-athlete trips to the UC Davis Children's Hospital, organized student-athlete volunteers at Saint John's Program for Real Change, and more. 

From the NCAA:

The NCAA Woman of the Year program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. In 2018, more than 200,000 women are playing college sports, and the NCAA received a program record of 581 nominations for this prestigious award.

Next, conference offices will select up to two conference nominees. Each conference nominee will be notified by the NCAA, and all conference-round nominees will be announced on ncaa.org in early August.

Conference nominations are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 candidates, the selection committee then determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists.

The Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Sunday, Oct. 28, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis.

You can learn more about the award program, next steps and previous winners by visiting ncaa.org/woty.