FAYETTEVILLE – Senior Carrie Dillsaver of the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer team was named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon by the league office in Birmingham, Ala.
Dillsaver’s honor is her first athlete of the week award and the first defensive player of the week honor by any Lady Razorback in the four years that the conference office starting handing out separate offensive and defensive accolades. She is just the fifth Lady Razorback soccer player to ever earn a conference athlete of the week honor.
“Obviously, this is a well deserved honor,” Arkansas head soccer coach Gordon Henderson said. “Her statistics are as good as anyone in the conference. She earned this award not just on her weekend performance but also her season and career performances. She is one of Arkansas’ best ever.”
On the weekend, Dillsaver kept the Lady Razorback’s record setting winning streak intact with a pair of shutout wins on the road against the University of Tulsa and the University of Memphis. The victories allowed her to break Arkansas’ all-time record for goalkeeper wins in a career while she also set the UA mark for games started. Last weekend Dillsaver eclipsed the mark for minutes played.
Arkansas’ seven-match winning streak with Dillsaver in goal includes four shutouts and as many goals scored (3) as it conceded in its first match of the year. Arkansas is in the midst of a run that has kept its opponents off the scoreboard for more than three matches with the clock counting at 277 minutes. The Lady Razorbacks’ all-time record for keeping their opponents scoreless is 361 minutes and could be eclipsed in Arkansas’ SEC opener against Kentucky on Friday night.
The Lady Razorbacks open SEC play against the Kentucky Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m. For more information about Lady Razorback soccer or about Arkansas women’s athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.