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Blocker Named Big South Defensive Player of the Week

September 7, 2011
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Karen Blocker recorded 15 saves and allowed just three goals in three games last week, en route to being tabbed Big South Defensive Player of the Week.

Liberty women's soccer goalkeeper Karen Blocker has been tabbed the Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Week for games played last week. The announcement was made this morning by the conference office.

Blocker concluded the week with 15 saves (.833 save percentage) and allowed just three goals (0.93 goals against average) in three games. The Liberty netminder began the week with a five-save performance in a 1-1 tie with Longwood on Aug. 29.

This past Friday, Blocker recorded seven stops in Liberty's game against Brown, allowing one goal on 15 shots taken by the Bears. In the Lady Flames' 3-1 victory over Valparaiso on Sunday, the Bowie, Md., native finished the contest with three saves.

Blocker returned to the net for the Lady Flames this season after missing the entire 2010 campaign due to injury.

A 2009 Big South first team all-conference selection, Blocker racked up 93 saves and went nearly 500 minutes in her final six games without allowing a single goal, before suffering a season-ending forearm injury in Liberty's game against Radford (Oct. 25, 2009). The redshirt junior is currently fifth all-time in school history with 181 career saves.

Blocker and the Lady Flames return to action on Sunday, travelling to Richmond, Va., to take on the Richmond Spiders. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.