PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Four different schools were represented as the BIG EAST women’s soccer weekly award winners were announced. Marquette sophomore Maegan Kelly was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while West Virginia senior Meghan Lewis earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors. Seton Hall senior Elizabeth Bond was tabbed BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week. Cincinnati freshman Mackenzie Grause earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week accolades.
Kelly earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling four points in a 2-0-0 week for the Golden Eagles. The sophomore had two goals – one gamewinner and one game-tying score. Kelly scored in the 109th minute in a 1-0 victory at then-No. 14/14 Milwaukee on Sept. 7. She also fueled a comeback victory in a 2-1 decision at Indiana on Sept. 11.
Lewis was tabbed BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Mountaineers post two shutouts in a 2-0-0 week. The senior helped limit each opponent to just two shots on goal. Lewis also scored a goal in a 3-0 victory against Marshall on Sept. 5. West Virginia blanked High Point 1-0 on Sept. 11.
Bond earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors after amassing 15 saves in a 1-0-1 week for the Pirates. The senior made four saves in a 2-1 double overtime win against Princeton on Sept. 9. It was just the second victory for the Pirates against Princeton. Bond made 11 saves in a 0-0 draw at Iona on Sept. 11. The Pirates’ record, at 4-1-2, is their best start to a season since 2005.
Grause was cited as the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for her play in the College of Charleston Tournament last weekend. The rookie totaled eight points, including three goals, to help the Bearcats go 2-0-0. Grause had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win over College of Charleston on Sept. 9. She also scored twice in a 4-0 win over Coastal Carolina on Sept. 11.
Jessica Dulski, Connecticut, Sr., GK
Had nine saves in a 1-1-0 week; made six stops in a 3-0 shutout victory against No. 23/20 Boston University on Sept. 9.
Sarah Gorden, DePaul, Fr., D
Helped the Blue Demons in a 2-0-0 week; shut out Loyola-Chicago 1-0 on Sept. 8; scored the gamewinner in a 2-1 overtime win against Minnesota on Sept. 11.
Mary Kroening, Georgetown, So., D
Totaled three points in a 2-0-0 week for the Hoyas; scored the gamewinner in a 1-0 victory against St. Francis (Pa.) on Sept. 11.
Kerry McBride, Marquette, Sr., D/M
The defensive anchor in a 2-0-0 week for Marquette; held Milwaukee’s leading scorer to just one shot on goal in a 1-0 double overtime victory on Sept. 7, also had an assist; Helped secure a 2-1 win at Indiana on Sept. 11.
Emmy Simpkins, Rutgers, Jr., GK
Notched two shutouts in a 2-0-0 week for the Scarlet Knights; helped blank Dartmouth 1-0 in overtime on Sept. 11.
CONFERENCE ACTION BEGINS THURSDAY – The BIG EAST season kicks off on Thursday as eight teams are in action. All the action comes from the league’s American Division as Providence hosts St. John’s at 4 p.m., while Connecticut welcomes Syracuse at 7 p.m. West Virginia heads to USF in a rematch of last year’s BIG EAST Championship title game (a 1-0 West Virginia win) and Marquette hosts Pittsburgh. The eight National Division teams begin league play Friday night and all 16 teams play on Sunday, Sept. 18.