The Big East’s first weekly awards for women’s soccer in 2017 were announced on Monday, and Marquette has started things off on the right foot. Sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Henry was named to the Weekly Honor Roll for Week #1 of the season.
Here’s how the league office explains her honor:
Henry helped Marquette to a 1-1 week with a win over Kentucky and a loss to No. 2 Stanford, while making a total of 11 saves, including a career-best nine against the Cardinal. The sophomore made two stops in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Wildcats.
You have to admit, it’s a little weird when a player is honored for posting a goals-against average of 2.66 in a shade under 170 minutes, but hey, here we are. Obviously Henry is getting credit for posting a career high in saves against the #2 team in the country. It’s an impressive enough feat that it does balance out the fact that she allowed four goals in just a touch under 80 minutes in the game, but hey, Stanford’s pretty good at this whole soccer thing.
It’s not mentioned in her blurb, but Marquette held Kentucky to just seven shots on Sunday. Some part of that defensive success is due to Henry directing traffic from the back, so she deserves some credit for that as well.
Georgetown’s Amanda Carolan is the first Offensive Player of the Week in 2017 after recording a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over George Washington. Fellow Hoya Elizabeth Wenger earned Defensive Player of the Week honors thanks to that shutout of GW as well as Georgetown’s 13-7 shot margin in a 1-0 loss to #1 West Virginia. Freshman Leonie Doege from Butler is the Goalkeeper of the Week, thanks to posting four saves in a scoreless draw against #18 Notre Dame, while Villanova’s Jasmine Ruiz swiped away Freshman of the Week honors thanks to her overtime golden goal against Delaware.
Henry was joined on the Honor Roll by Xavier’s Samantha Dewey, Villanova’s Conner Huggins, St. John’s Zsani Kajan, and Georgetown’s Arielle Schechtman.
You can check out the full press release right here.