Sept. 13, 2010 Women's Soccer Weekly Release
WATCH NOW: Rehder's Game-winning goal against Kentucky
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Undefeated Louisville (6-0-0) grabbed a pair of BIG EAST women's soccer weekly awards as senior Caitlin Rehder was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore Taylor Vancil earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors. The duo was joined by DePaul sophomore Casey Mercurio who earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week accolades and Seton Hall freshman Kaitlyn Ritter who was tabbed BIG EAST Rookie of the Week.
Rehder earns BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors following a pair of gamewinners in a 2-0-0 week for the Cardinals. A native of Des Plaines, Ill., she scored the eventual gamewinner in a 2-0 win over rival Kentucky on Sept. 9. Rehder also scored what proved to be the gamewinner in a 2-0 win at St. Louis on Sept. 12. Her play has helped Louisville (6-0-0) get off to its best start in school history.
Vancil was tabbed the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week following a 2-0-0 week for Louisville. She totaled 11 saves, along with two shutouts. In a 2-0 win over rival Kentucky on Sept. 9, she made a season-high seven stops. Vancil also had four saves in a 2-0 victory at St. Louis on Sept. 12. Her play has helped Louisville (6-0-0) get off to its best start in school history. This is the second time Vancil has earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors. She also won the award on Aug. 30 and is from South Elgin, Ill.
Mercurio helped DePaul to a pair of shutouts in a 1-0-1 week to earn BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors. She anchored a defense that posted a 0-0 double overtime tie at Michigan State on Sept. 10. Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Mercurio also helped blank Drake in a 2-0 home victory on Sept. 12. Overall the Blue Demons have had four shutouts in eight games this year.
Ritter earns BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors after scoring three goals in a 2-1-0 week for Seton Hall. The freshman had a goal in each of the team's three games last week; a 3-2 loss to No. 8/8 Maryland on Sept. 8, a 3-2 win at Colgate on Sept. 10 and a 2-0 win against Cornell in Hamilton, N.Y. A native of Hagerstown, Md., Ritter accounted for the eventual gamewinner against Cornell.
BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Samantha Baker, Georgetown, Jr., M
Scored a pair of gamewinners in a 2-0-0 week
Meghan Bellingham, Syracuse, Sr., F
Totaled six points, including two goals, in a 2-0-0 week; accounted for the gamewinner
in a 4-0 win over Binghamton on Sept. 12
Melissa Busque, Connecticut, So., M
Had six points, including three goals, in a 2-0-0 week; scored two goals in a 5-0 win over CCSU on Sept. 12
Jenna Roncarati, Providence, So., D
Helped anchor the defense in a 2-0-0 week for the Friars; scored a goal in a 3-2 win over CCSU on Sept. 10
Megan Verdeur, Villanova, Jr., F
Scored the gamewinner in a 3-2 double overtime win against then-No. 16/19 Wake Forest on Sept. 12
CONFERENCE PLAY BEGINS - While a Georgetown-Villanova matchup officially opened BIG EAST Conference play on Sept. 1, a majority of the teams step into league action later this week. A key matchup in the National Division kicks things off as undefeated Louisville (6-0-0) hosts Cincinnati (5-1-1) on Sept. 16 in the battle of I-71. In the American Division on Sept. 17, UConn (4-2-1) hosts Providence (6-1-0), while USF (5-1-1) hosts preseason divisional favorite Marquette (3-3-2).