Oct. 15, 2002
WACO, Texas -
Baylor junior Monica Housden has been honored as the Big 12 Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.
Housden, a junior transfer from Denton, Texas, shut out sixth-ranked Texas A&M Friday night for 84 minutes before allowing a game-tying goal, then shut out the Aggies for the next 25 minutes as the teams battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie. She recorded a Baylor season-high 12 saves in just her fourth start as a Bear. Her efforts led BU to become the first unranked opponent A&M has failed to defeat this season.
Sunday against No. 3 Texas, Housden held the Longhorns scoreless for 60 minutes before giving up three late goals in a 3-1 defeat. For the weekend, Housden played 200 minutes and allowed four goals for a 1.80 goals against average against two top-10 teams. She also recorded 17 saves and lowered her season GAA to 2.12 in five games.
The weekly honor is the first Housden has received since transferring to Baylor from North Texas in September. Earlier this season, senior defender Tamura Crawley was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (for games played Sept. 2-8). Housden is the first Bear to win the conference defensive player of the week award since Dawn Greathouse brought home the honor in 2000.
Texas' Kati McBain was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, while Nebraska's Nikki Baker earned Newcomer of the Week honors.
The Bears conclude their home schedule for 2002 this weekend, hosting Colorado Friday at 7 p.m. and 21st-ranked Nebraska Sunday at 1 p.m.