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Martinez wins first USL W Golden Glove
Sydney Martizez
Former Effingham County soccer standout Sydney Martinez distributes a pass to her South Georgia Tormenta FC defense during a recent match. (Photo by South Georgia Tormenta FC)

STATESBORO -- South Georgia Tormenta FC’s Sydney Martinez has officially been announced as the first USL W League Golden Glove winner with six clean sheets and a 0.58 goals against average. Martinez makes history as she becomes Tormenta FC’s first Golden Glove winner across all teams within the club.

The South Georgia keeper, a former Effingham County High School star, made 36 saves throughout the regular season. In South Georgia’s only defeat, Martinez recorded a season-high nine saves against the Chattanooga Lady Red Wolves on June 12. Martinez averaged a clean sheet every two games, and the South Florida keeper recorded a save percentage of 85.7, one of the highest in the league.

Additionally, Martinez served as the team captain for the W League season. South Georgia’s accomplishments would have been hard to achieve without her leadership, as Martinez wore the captain's armband in 11 games this season.

Martinez has also led Tormenta FC to the W League Final. In a 0-1 quarterfinal win at FC Miami City in Miami, Florida, and a 1-4 win against the Greenville Liberty SC in South Carolina, Martinez has recorded a save percentage of 90.9.

Now, Martinez aims to lift the inaugural W League trophy, as Tormenta FC takes on Minnesota Aurora FC in one of the best environments in women’s soccer. Be on the lookout for more information regarding the playoff schedule by visiting

In June of 2021, Tormenta FC was named a founding member of the USL W League, an elite pre-professional pathway for women looking to build their careers both on and off the pitch. For two decades between 1995 and 2015, the W League saw some of the biggest names past and present in the sport compete on the field, and this new era will build on the legacy of its predecessor. In alignment with the USL League Two season, the W League will kick off in May and end with the W League Playoffs and W League Final in late July.