GREENSBORO, N.C. - Tech’s sophomore goalkeeper Kristin Carden was named the ACC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the league office. Carden had the best week of her career last week, making 15 total saves, while helping the Hokies to a pair of top-25 victories.
Carden tallied five saves as Tech defeated in-state rival and then-No. 18 Virginia 2-1, earning the program's first win in Charlottesville, Va., and just its second all time over the Cavaliers. Carden came up big for her team, saving a penalty kick in the 12th minute of play.
Most recently, the Hokies defeated the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels 1-0 at Thompson Field, where the keeper has helped her team to a 6-0 record this season. Carden made a season-best 10 saves in the Hokies’ first win over the Tar Heels and first over a No. 1-ranked team. Her most important save of the game came in the 67th minute as she denied a shot from Carolina’s Casey Nogueira, after a scramble, right on the goal line. Carden also denied all three Tar Heel shots in the final 10 minutes of the match.
The Virginia Beach, Va., native, who also earned a spot in the TopDrawerSoccer and Soccer America National Teams of the Week, has tallied two shutouts on the season, both in ACC play, and collected 25 saves, while boasting a perfect 5-0-0 record thus far.
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