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Madero Named Big South Player of the Week
Madero, a junior from Tampa, Fla., recorded 14 saves in 200 minutes of action last week, including a career-high eight saves against No. 11 Virginia in a 1-1 tie, last Tuesday in Charlottesville, Va. Against the Cavaliers, the junior turned away back-to-back scoring chances in the 33rd minute and kept the game scoreless in the 52nd minute, rejecting a header toward the far post. His final save of the night came 53 seconds into the second overtime, when Madero turned away a screened free kick.
Friday, Madero recorded his seventh shutout of the season for Liberty (6-2-3, 1-0-2 Big South) in a 1-0 victory over Big South foe, Presbyterian. He made six saves against the Blue Hose, including two key saves in the contest. He turned back a point-blank shot in the 48th minute and punched a rising shot over the crossbar in the 57th minute.
The junior currently ranks No. 2 in the country with a .932 save percentage and is third in the nation with a 0.265 goals-against average.
Madero and the Flames will square off with the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs in Boiling Springs, N.C., tonight. The Big South match is scheduled for 7 p.m.