EUGENE, Ore. – After shutting out sixth-ranked BYU through regulation and two overtime periods, University of Oregon junior goalkeeper Abby Steele has been named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.
“Abby is a strong keeper and against BYU she showed us her true strengths,” said head coach Kat Mertz. “Her kicking game combined with her quickness in the nets makes it hard for opponents to score. Abby is a true competitor.”
Steele made eight saves and turned down every Cougar attacking opportunity, leading Oregon to its first draw against a top-10 team since tying No. 5 Stanford in 2007. Courtesy of Steele’s big performance between the posts, BYU was held scoreless for the first time this season. The Cougars entered the fixture with 11 goals on the season, including a four-goal performance against then 25th ranked LSU.
Steele’s eight saves against BYU was a season-high total. This is Steele’s second weekly Pac-12 honor, and the 10th all-time for the Ducks.
The Santa Rosa, Calif., improved her season saves total to 36, which leads the Pac-12. With the result against BYU, Steele improved to third in UO’s career goalkeeper shutouts list with 11. She also ranks fourth in program history with 198 career saves.
Steele and the Ducks return to action on Friday, hosting San Francisco (5-2-0) at Papé Field. Action will get underway at 7 p.m. (PT).