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Blocker Earns Big South Defensive Player of the Week Honors
Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker has been tabbed the Big South Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for games played Sept. 17-23. The announcement was made by the conference earlier this afternoon.
Blocker is the third Lady Flame to receive a weekly honor this season, as freshman Jaime Bouffard (Sept. 17) and senior Lauren Stell (Sept. 4) previously earned attacking player of the week accolades. The nod marks the redshirt senior's second career defensive player of the week award and the first since garnering the honor during the 2011 season.
Blocker concluded the week with six saves, one goal allowed and one shutout, helping the Lady Flames move to 8-3 on the year. The mark is the program's best record through the first 11 games of a season.
The Bowie, Md., native began the week with a pair of saves in Liberty's 5-1 victory against Presbyterian College on Friday. Two days later, Blocker picked up her 17th career shutout in a 2-0 win over UNC Asheville, adding to her school record for most shutouts. The netminder finished the contest with four saves, helping the Lady Flames pick up their fourth straight win and start 2-0 in Big South play.
On the season, Blocker has 36 saves (.837), six shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.64. Heading into Thursday's contest, Blocker needs eight saves to surpass Paula Barringer (296) for second all-time on Liberty's career saves list. Blocker is also on pace to close out her Liberty career with the best goals against average in program history.
The Lady Flames return to action on Thursday, squaring off with Coastal Carolina. Game time in Conway, S.C., is slated for 7 p.m.