Nov. 4, 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 of the Week and Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday (Nov. 4). She receives Defensive Player of the Week honors for the third time and Freshman of the Week honors for the second time.
Bucklin led the Michigan defense to a 2-0 shutout over rival Ohio State last Saturday (Nov. 2) at U-M Soccer Stadium. She made seven saves in the victory in what was her ninth shutout of the season. She is among the top 10 goalkeepers in the country (and tops in the Big Ten) in goals-against average (0.44) while also leading the conference in save percentage (.887) and shutouts. Bucklin has been the beneficiary of a defense that has allowed only nine goals all season and one that has forced her into making only 63 saves on the season (in 18 matches), the second fewest by a Michigan goalkeeper in program history.
Bucklin and the Wolverines return to action Wednesday (Nov. 6) at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Champaign, Ill., facing Iowa in the quarterfinals. The match will begin at 1:30 p.m. CST.
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