Oct. 14, 2013
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield) of the University of Michigan women's soccer team was named Big Ten Defensive Player and Co-Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday (Oct. 14). It is her second career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor and first Freshman of the Week honor.
Bucklin played all 90 minutes and tied a career high in helping Michigan secure a 1-0 victory over No. 11 Penn State yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 13) in State College, Pa. It was the Wolverines' first win over Penn State in 11 years and their first-ever victory at Jeffrey Field. Bucklin and the Michigan defense limited Penn State, the conference's No. 1 scoring offense, to just seven shots on goal to earn the shutout.
She has started all 13 matches this year, making 36 saves against allowing only seven goals. Bucklin leads the Big Ten in goals-against average (0.53) and is second in shutouts (five) and third in save percentage (.837). As a team, the Wolverines are best in the conference in goals allowed (eight) and goals-against average (0.60) and last in saves (39).
Michigan returns to U-M Soccer Stadium on Friday (Oct. 18), welcoming Indiana. First touch is at 7 p.m. [ Tickets ]
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