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Madero Named Big South Player of the Week

October 20, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty goalkeeper Andrew Madero

Liberty goalkeeper Andrew Madero

Liberty goalkeeper Andrew Madero has been selected as the Big South Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week for games played Oct. 11-18, the conference office announced today.

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.