Oct. 17, 2011 Release in PDF
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Marquette snagged a pair of BIG EAST women's soccer weekly award winners as sophomore Maegan Kelly earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors and junior Ally Miller was tabbed BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. West Virginia redshirt-freshman Sara Keane earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors, while Louisville rookie Erin Yenney was cited as the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week.
Kelly earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling six points in a 2-0-0 week. The sophomore had two goals and two assists to factor into four of the team's six goals. In a 2-1 win at St. John's on Oct. 14, Kelly had an assist on the first goal of the game. In a 4-0 win at Syracuse on Oct. 16, Kelly scored twice in a span of six minutes, accounting for the first two goals of the game. Marquette is 22-0-0 when Kelly tallies a point.
Miller was tabbed BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Golden Eagles to a shutout and a 2-0-0 record. The junior helped limit two opponents to a combined five shots on goal. In a 2-1 win at St. John's on Oct. 14, she helped hold the Red Storm to just two shots on goal. In a 4-0 blanking at Syracuse on Oct. 16, Miller help hold the Orange to just three shots on goal. She also had a goal and an assist against Syracuse.
Keane earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors after totaling six saves and a shutout in a 2-0-0 week. The redshirt freshman made two saves in a 1-0 shutout win at Providence on Oct 14. Keane also made four saves in a 2-1 victory at Connecticut on Oct. 16.
Yenney was cited as the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after scoring the first goal in a 3-0 victory against Seton Hall on Oct. 16. It proved to be the gamewinner. She also helped the Cardinals post a 2-1 win over Rutgers on Oct. 14 and remain atop the National Division. Yenney has started all 17 games for the Cardinals this season.
Samantha Baker, Georgetown, Sr., F
Totaled three points in a 2-0-0 week, including an assist on what proved to be the gamewinner in a 2-0 victory at DePaul
Christine Exeter, Louisville, So., F
Had five points in a 2-0-0 week, including both goals
in a 2-1 victory against Rutgers
Melissa Henderson, Notre Dame, Sr., F
Tallied five points in a 1-1-0 week, including three points
in a 3-2 loss to Georgetown
Katie Ryan, Villanova, Sr., F
Amassed six points in a 1-1-0 week, including two goals in a 3-2 victory at DePaul
Frances Silva, West Virginia, So., F
Had four points in a 2-0-0 week, including the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory at Providence
BIG EAST Championship SCENE - The regular-season enters the final weekend of league play with every team in the conference having one final BIG EAST match. All six byes to the quarterfinals have been clinched, but there is still plenty to figure out. Heading into the weekend, seven teams are eligible for the final four playoff spots. In addition, regular-season division crowns are up for grabs.
Strangely, the No. 3 seed in each division has been determined as Syracuse and Notre Dame are locked in. Both teams will be on the road in quarterfinal games on Oct. 30, against the No. 2 seed from the opposite division. The Orange, making their first appearance in the BIG EAST Championship since 2005, will head to Louisville or Georgetown, while the Irish will be on the road at Marquette or West Virginia.
This year also will mark the first time both division winners have tallied a league loss since 2005.