Aug. 20, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Redshirt junior defender Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) of the University of Michigan women's soccer team was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday (Aug. 20) for her efforts in helping the Wolverines to a pair of shutout victories against Fordham (5-0) and Pittsburgh (1-0) over the weekend.
Hein, one of the team's three captains, started both matches on defense in what was her first collegiate soccer action since last September. After playing in 20 matches (19 starts) as a true freshman in 2009, Hein appeared in only 12 total matches the past two seasons. She started six matches last season as a junior before taking a redshirt to undergo treatment for thyroid cancer.
Down three-to-five would-be starters, she anchored a Michigan defensive unit that did not surrender a goal all weekend, and only allowed 11 total shots on goal. She also scored the team's third goal in the 5-0 win over Fordham last Friday (Aug. 17), converting her first career penalty kick. It was the fourth goal of her career, and the first since her freshman season.
Michigan returns to the field on Friday (Aug. 24) at 7 p.m., hosting Cal State Fullerton at the U-M Soccer Stadium.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423