Oct. 3, 2006
DALLAS, Texas -- Baylor junior goalkeeper Ashley Holder has been named Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her performances this past weekend the conference office announced Tuesday. The honor marks the third time the goalkeeper has been named player of the week during her career and marks the second time in three weeks the junior has picked up the honor this season.
Holder made 13 saves on the weekend as the junior helped lead Baylor to a pair of shutout victories over Iowa State and No. 17 Missouri. Against the Tigers, Holder made eight saves as Baylor picked up a win over a nationally-ranked team since defeating No. 22 Texas, 2-1, in overtime in 2004.
Against Iowa State, Holder made five saves in net before giving way to freshman Gianna Quintana in the final five minutes to pick up the combined shutout victory.
With the shutout of the Tigers, Holder picked up her fourth shutout of the season as she moved into second-place on Baylor's career shutout list.
The weekend wins were the first weekend sweep of Big 12 opponents for Baylor since 2001 as the win at Missouri snapped a 13-game road and neutral winless streak.
The honor marks the third time Holder has been named Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week during her career after she earned the distinction following her performances against Texas and Texas A&M during her freshman season in 2003 and after performances against UT-San Antonio and Samfor earlier this season.
The junior became the first defensive player this season to be recognized for the honor more than once.
Suzzette Devloo (Texas A&M) earned Offensive Player of the Week while Brittney Harrison (Texas Tech) was named Newcomer of the Week.
Holder and the rest of the Baylor soccer team returns to action this week as the Bears travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face Nebraska on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:00 p.m.