Walker Named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week
Sophomore goalkeeper records first-career shutout en route to earning weekly conference honors
Sophomore Jamie Walker was tabbed as the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week, announced Tuesday (Oct. 19) by the league office. Walker was recognized after a superior performance between the pipes in Eastern's first two conference victories, and first victories overall this season, against Big Sky foes Idaho State and Weber State.
The Graham, Wash., native earned her first-career shutout against ISU, which was quite a feat, as the Bengals took 22 total shots in the contest. Walker collected seven total saves in the game to help her team capture the 2-0 victory. In Eastern's second contest of the weekend against the Weber State Wildcats, Walker picked up eight saves, and allowed only one goal on 17 shots.
She finished the weekend with an impressive .938 save percentage and 0.50 goals against average. Walker has played 1039:10 minutes this season and is second in the Big Sky Conference in saves, as she averages 6.14 per game. She has tallied 86 total saves in 2010, which leads all other keepers in the league by at least eight. Her overall save percentage of .789 ranks fifth.
Walker and the rest of the Eagle soccer squad will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Northern Colorado to face the Bears on Friday (Oct. 22) at 6 p.m. before returning home to play Northern Arizona on Sunday (Oct. 24) at 11 a.m. The Eagles are currently tied for fourth in the league standings with a 2-2 record. UNC is third at 2-1-1, while Northern Arizona is leading the conference with its undefeated 3-0-1 record.