2016 LSWA Louisiana Freshman of the Year
2016 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
JUNIOR SEASON (2018)
Appeared in and started all 24 matches for the Tigers … registered career highs in goals (3), assists (5), points (11) and shots (42) … two of her three goals were game winners … her five assists were the second most on the team … her 11 points were the third most … scored the first goal of her career in the 31st minute from 25 yards out in LSU’s 1-0 win over South Alabama on Aug. 30 … scored a goal in the following game against Lamar with a right-footed shot from the 15 yards out that beat the Lamar keeper to the far post in the 25th minute … registered the first two assist game of her career on Sept. 6 against Stetson as she setup Abbey Newton for a goal off a corner kick and she sent in Molly Thompson into the right side of the box before the freshman finished it off … assisted Abbey Newton on another corner kick goal in LSU’s 2-0 win over Samford (Sept. 9) … registered a point in four straight matches from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9 … scored the first SEC goal of her career in LSU’s 2-1 victory over Missouri on Oct. 7 … assisted Abbey Newton on another corner kick goal on Oct. 11 against Ole Miss … assisted Shannon Cooke’s goal in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament that gave LSU a 1-0 lead … LSU was 6-0-1 when Cutura registered a point in 2018 … played 1,889 minutes on the pitch.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2017)
A key member of LSU's midfield unit throughout the 2017 season ... Earned eight starts as a holding midfielder in her 18 appearances on the season ... Six of her eight starts on the season came in SEC play against the likes of Georgia, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Auburn and Missouri ... Assisted Lucy Parker's opener in LSU's 2-1 home win over Georgia on Oct. 5 to help hand the Tigers their first SEC win of the campaign ... Attempted four shots with one shot on target in the offensive third over the course of the season ... Earned her second varsity letter.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2016)
Started all 17 matches in which she played as a true freshman in 2016 ... Played primarily as a defensive midfielder in her debut season ... Also saw brief action at left back and center back as part of LSU's defensive unit ... The team's corner kick specialist throughout the campaign ... Credited with three assists from corner kicks over the course of the season ... Assisted Delaney Sheehan's game-winner from a corner kick in the 25th minute in a 1-0 win at College of Charleston on Aug. 21 to give the Tigers their first win of the season ... Also assisted Sheehan's winning goal from a corner kick in the sixth minute of a 1-0 road win at Western Kentucky on Sept. 8 ... Found Zoe Higgins' head from the corner flag late in LSU's 3-0 home win over Ole Miss on Sept. 16 to cap the team's first SEC win of the campaign ... Attempted 14 shots with five shots on goal for a .357 SOG% on the year ... Part of a defensive unit that posted a 1.51 goals against average in 2016 ... Missed two starts against Tennessee and Georgia late in the season due to a hamstring injury ... Honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association following the season as the LSWA Louisiana Freshman of the Year among all colleges and universities in the state for the 2016 season ... Recognized for her academic performance with a selection to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll following the season ... Earned her first varsity letter.
PRIOR TO LSU
Emerged as one of the top talents in the South while playing with the Region III Olympic Development Program Team in 2015-16 … Toured Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the Region III ODP Team in April 2016 … Played club soccer with the Slidell Lighting from 2009-15 under head coach Danny Clavier and Mandeville Lakers 98/99 Elite team in 2015-16 under head coach Aris Kyriakides … Played three seasons for her high school team at Pope John Paul II Catholic High School … Led her high school team to the state championship in 2014 … A two-time first-team all-state performer as a sophomore and junior … Three-time all-district performer and team Most Valuable Player during her high school career … Also named her district’s MVP during her junior season … Coached at the high school level by JB Mahoney and John Allen … Also one of the top volleyball players in the state of Louisiana during her high school career … Helped lead Pope John Paul II High School to back-to-back state championships on the volleyball court in 2014 and 2015 … A two-time first-team all-state volleyball player in 2014 and 2015 and the All-State Player of the Year following her junior season in 2015 … Also a three-time all-district and two-time all-metro performer on the volleyball court prior to her arrival at LSU.
Full name is Marlena Ljubica Cutura … Born on Oct. 20, 1998 … Parents are Miroslav and Denise Cutura … Has four older siblings, Adriana, Andro, Christopher and Christina … Sister, Christina, plays college soccer at Southeastern Louisiana University … Brother, Andro, is a professional baseball player as a pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization … An honor student at Pope John Paul II Catholic High School with a 4.2 weighted grade-point average during her prep career … Plans to major in biology at LSU.