Sept. 27 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Weekly Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST women's soccer weekly awards have been announced and all four winners earned weekly league honors for the first time this season. Notre Dame junior forward Melissa Henderson has been named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while Marquette senior Lauren Thut earns BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors. USF junior Nicole McClure was tabbed BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week. Rutgers freshman goalkeeper Sam Perretty was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week.
Henderson earns BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling five points in a 2-0-0 week for the Irish. It is the first time she has won the award this year. The junior from Garland, Texas scored two goals and had an assist in a 5-0 victory at then-No. 24/18 Louisville on Sept. 26. It was her ninth career multi-goal match.
Thut earns BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors for her role in aiding the Marquette defense to a 2-0-0 record last week. The senior helped limit MU's opponents to just four shots on goal in the two games, including a 2-1 win against West Virginia on Sept. 23. A native of Kildeer, Ill., Thut also registered an assist and scored a penalty kick goal in a 2-1 win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 26.
McClure did not allow a goal in a 1-0-1 week for the Bulls last week. The junior from Jamaica, N.Y., totaled 11 saves in 200 minutes. In a 2-0 win against Pittsburgh on Sept. 23, McClure had five saves and posted a shutout. In a 0-0 double overtime draw against West Virginia on Sept. 26, she had six saves.
Perretty totaled seven saves and played 180 minutes in a 1-1-0 week for the Scarlet Knights. In her first career start, the freshman earned a 1-0 victory against then-No. 19/NR Georgetown on Sept. 24. The Parkland, Fla., native recorded three saves in the win. Perretty also had four saves in a 1-0 loss at Villanova on Sept. 26.
BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Brittany Anghel, Syracuse, Fr., GK
Totaled 15 saves in a 1-1-0 week; made five saves in a 1-0 shutout win at Providence; had 10 saves in a 3-0 loss to UConn
Jill Camburn, Providence, Gr., F
Scored the gamewinner in a 1-0 victory at St. John's; it was the first PC win at St. John's since 1999
Erin Clark, Connecticut, Sr., F
Amassed five points, including two goals, in a 1-1-0 week; Scored the gamewinner and had an assist in a 3-0 win at Syracuse
Lauren Fowlkes, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Helped anchor the ND backline in a pair of shutouts last week; registered two assists in a 4-0 win against Cincinnati
Kaitlyn Ritter, Seton Hall, Fr., F
Tallied five points in a 2-1 week; had two goals and an assist in a 3-0 win against Villanova
TV GAMES - There are three BIG EAST women's soccer games on television this weekend, including a nationally televised contest on CBS College Sports. St. John's travels to Notre Dame in the first game of a CBSC doubleheader on Oct. 3 at Noon. The Red Storm are 0-12-0 all-time against the Irish, but had one of their best showings against ND in the semifinals of the 2009 BIG EAST Championship. The Irish had a 2-1 overtime win in the contest.
The other games on local television include a pair of Rutgers contests on Verizon FiOS. The Scarlet Knights welcome Connecticut on Oct. 1 and Providence on Oct. 3. Both matches are set to begin at 1 p.m.