Soccer's Holder Picks Up National Honor

Oct. 5, 2006

WACO, Texas -- Baylor junior goalkeeper Ashley Holder earned another honor for her performance this past weekend as she was named to SoccerBuzz Magazine's National Elite Team of the Week. Holder, who was selected to the squad once as a freshman, was named Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.

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 second time the goalkeeper has been named to the national team of the week as the junior also picked up the honor as a freshman. Holder was the only Big 12 Conference player to be named to the squad this week as she became the first player in school history to be named to the team of the week twice in her career.

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.



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