Final Women's Soccer Weekly Awards Announced

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The final BIG EAST women's soccer weekly awards have been announced capping a solid regular season for the league's 16 teams. In addition to completing a perfect 11-0-0 record in conference play, Marquette garnered two of the final weekly women's soccer honors. Junior Kerry McBride was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman Maegan Kelly earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors. USF junior Venicia Reid earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week accolades and Pitt senior Morie Kephart was tabbed BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week. All four players will see their teams compete in the 10-team, BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship this week. McBride earns BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors following a 2-0-0 week. The junior helped limit opponents to just four shots on goal in a pair of wins. In a 2-0 win over Syracuse on Oct. 22, McBride held the Orange to just four shots on goal. In a 2-0 win against St. John's on Oct. 24, McBride held the Red Storm to just one shot on goal. Kelly registered three points in a 2-0-0 week. In just 30 minutes off the bench, Kelly scored a goal in a 2-0 win against Syracuse on Oct. 22. In 21 minutes off the bench on Oct. 24, Kelly had an assist in a 2-0 win over St. John's. She helped the Golden Eagles capture the American Division title with a perfect 11-0-0 mark in league play. Reid earns BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling six points in a 2-0-0 week for the Bulls. The junior had a hand in all four goals the team scored last week. In a 2-0 win over St. John's on Oct. 22, Reid had a goal and an assist. In a 2-1 victory over Syracuse on Oct. 24, she also had a goal and an assist. She scored the first USF goal in each contest. Kephart earns BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors following a pair of shutouts in a 2-0-0 week for the Panthers. In a 3-0 win over Providence on Oct. 22, the senior made four saves. In a 1-0 win against UConn on Oct. 24, Kephart made seven saves. She helped Pitt return to the BIG EAST Championship for the first time since 2008. BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL Tricia DiPaolo, Rutgers, R-Jr., M Had five points in a 2-0-0 week; had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win against Louisville on Oct. 24 Blake Miller, West Virginia, Jr., F Registered three points in a 3-0 win over UConn on Oct. 22 Camille Trujillo, Georgetown, Jr., F Had a goal in a 1-0-1 week; scored with just over four minutes left in regulation forcing a 1-1 draw against No. 4/5 Notre Dame; drew a foul to set up a PK goal against DePaul Kat Weiler, Pittsburgh, Sr., D Helped hold both opponents scoreless in a 2-0-0 week; played all 180 minutes in wins over Providence and Connecticut Nikki Weiss, Notre Dame, Sr., GK Totaled 11 saves in a 1-0-1 week; had eight stops in a 1-1 double-overtime draw at Georgetown on Oct. 24 QUICK KICKS TICKETS PUNCHED - The 10-team BIG EAST women's soccer championship field has been set with Notre Dame and Marquette earning No. 1 seeds. Georgetown and West Virginia earned No. 2 seeds, while Rutgers and USF earned No. 3 seeds. All six teams earned byes to the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship. Connecticut and DePaul earned No. 4 seeds and will host No. 5 seeds Louisville and Pittsburgh in first-round action this week. 2010 BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP - The league's 10-team women's soccer tournament will culminate at Rutgers' Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J., on Nov. 5 & 7. All three games will be televised on CBS College Sports, while the title game also will be seen on numerous regional sports networks, including SNY (SportsNet New York).