Week 1 Weekly Release in PDF
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three different schools have been represented in the first BIG EAST women’s soccer weekly awards. Marquette seniors Kerry McBride and Natalie Kulla helped the Golden Eagles start off 2-0-0 with a pair of shutout wins over the weekend. For their efforts, McBride was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, while Kulla was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week. Georgetown redshirt senior Ingrid Wells earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors, while West Virginia freshman Sara Keane was tabbed BIG EAST Rookie of the Week.
Wells earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling four points in a 2-0-0 week. The senior had three points in two games, including a goal in a 3-0 victory at crosstown rival George Washington on Aug. 19. The goal was scored on a PK in the 58th minute. Wells also registered an assist in a 4-0 home-opening win over American on Aug. 21.
McBride earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors following her effort in a pair of shutout victories. She helped the MU defense limit its opponents to nine shots in two games, including just two shots on goal. MU beat Western Michigan 1-0 on Aug. 19 and blanked Northwestern 1-0 on Aug. 21.
Kulla collected a pair of shutouts in a 2-0-0 week for the Golden Eagles. She played over 183 scoreless minutes, helping Marquette beat Western Michigan 1-0 on Aug. 19 and Northwestern 1-0 on Aug. 21. She made one save in each game. Kulla has 34 shutouts in her career.
Keane was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after helping the Mountaineers to a 1-1-0 record against solid competition. Making her collegiate debut on the road at No. 16/10 Virginia, Keane made three saves in a 2-1 loss on Aug. 19. The rookie rebounded two days later with a 3-0 shutout win at home against Purdue. She made one save in the win.
BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Kaitlin Brenn, Georgetown, So., F
Helped Georgetown post two shutouts; also picked up an assist.
Melissa Henderson, Notre Dame, Sr., F
Totaled three points in a 2-0 win over Wisconsin on Aug. 19.
Jessica Schuveiller, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Helped Notre Dame shutout Wisconsin 2-0 on Aug. 19 holding UW to just three shots on goal.
Mallory Smith, West Virginia, Jr., D
Had three points in a 3-0 win over Purdue on Aug. 21.
Taylor Wilson, Seton Hall, Sr., M
Scored the game-winner in a 3-2 overtime victory over Fordham on Aug. 21
SHUTOUT CITY – BIG EAST teams have recorded nine shutouts over the first 22 games of the season. In addition, five teams have yet to allow a goal, including Rutgers who plays its season-opener tonight. The other four are Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette and Notre Dame.