Utah Valley's Brooklyn Nielsen has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 16-22. The honor marks the third time in her career that Nielsen has earned the award.
"Brooklyn just didn't make the saves she was supposed to make but made the ones where she probably shouldn't have made," said Utah Valley head coach Chris Lemay. "She kept us in both games and gave us an opportunity to win. We are thrilled with how she is playing in this most crucial time of the year."
Nielsen, a sophomore goalkeeper from Sandy, Utah, led the Utah Valley defense to a pair of shutout victories over Grand Canyon and CSU Bakersfield to help her team clinch the No. 2 seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament. She made five saves in the win over Grand Canyon. She also registered a pair of key saves in the 1-0 shutout victory against CSU Bakersfield on Sunday. In the two matches, she played all 180 minutes in the box and faced 15 shots.
Kansas City's Lexie Howard earned WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Other offensive nominees included: NM State's Devin Hart who scored a hat trick as well as assisted two others in the 8-0 victory over Chicago State, UT Rio Grande Valley's Sarah Bonney who was involved in the first three goals of the 6-0 victory over Chicago State scoring the first two and assisting the third and Utah Valley's Breanna DeWaal who scored both goals for her team during the weekend in the 1-0 victory over Grand Canyon and the 1-0 victory over CSU Bakersfield.
Other defensive nominees included: Kansas City's Maddi Cipolla who led the Roos defensively playing all 180 minutes and only allowing one goal, NM State's Dmitri Fong who earned her fifth shutout of the season and only allowed one goal on the weekend after facing 37 shots and UT Rio Grande Valley's Tuva Rolstad Nilsen who was the defensive leader during the 1-1 weekend playing 135 minutes.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit GoUVU.com.