Washington State freshman goalkeeper Nadia Cooper won the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday after a weekend in which she allowed just one goal while facing two top-10 programs in USC and UCLA. This is the second award of the season for the freshman out of Houston, Texas.
In Thursdays game against USC, she tallied 5 saves during her 110:00 minutes of action. She held the 5th ranked team in the nation that averages 2.8 goals per game this season to their first shut out since August 19th. The trojans had 19 shots during the game and failed to find the back of the net. It was Cooper’s sixth shutout of the season. Neither team could score during the game and ended in the Cougars third tie of the season.
During Sunday’s game against UCLA, she tallied another 5 saves while allowing just one goal to the 8th ranked team in the nation. The Cougars held the Bruins to just one goal in a 1-1 tie. The Bruins score 2.19 goals per game on average this season. Cooper’s biggest stop of the week came in the second overtime when she broke off her line and stopped the Bruins on a breakaway attempt that would win the game.
Cooper and the rest of the Cougars will hit the road for their last three games of the regular season beginning with a matchup against Oregon on Thursday at 6:00 pm. They will stay in Oregon and take on the Beavers on Sunday at noon. The Cougars final game will be against Washington at 6 pm in Seattle on November 5th. All three games can be seen on Pac-12 Networks.
Cooper Top Keeper Once Again
For the second time in her inaugural season freshman Nadia Cooper was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. The weekly award was the fourth of the year for the Cougs overall and the second for Cooper who took home the award Oct. 4.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK: Nadia Cooper, Fr., Washington State (Houston, Texas) 2 games, 10 saves, 220 minutes
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