IRVING, Texas - Senior defender Madison Keller has been selected the Conference USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week, according to an announcement by the league Monday afternoon. This is the first weekly honor for Keller and the first for a Pirate since Amanda Broz and Kat Norris both earned the accolade on Oct. 22, 2007.
Keller started both games for ECU this weekend as the Pirates jumped out to a 2-0-0 record with a 1-0 shutout against Western Carolina and a 2-0 road win at Francis Marion. The Clarksburg, Md., native anchored the ECU defense that allowed just 11 total shots in 180 minutes and only two on goal. That stalwart defense was key in delivering senior goalkeeper Amber Campbell her 23rd career shutout, which broke the school record.
Junior Anne Candee of Rice earned Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors. Candee became only the fifth player in Rice history to score three goals in a single game, registering the hat trick against UTSA on Sunday. For the week, she took a team-high 11 shots and maintained a .273 shots-percentage. Candee's shots-on-goal percentage was .545.
The Pirates continue their five-game road trip on Thursday in Columbia, S.C. as they face SEC foe South Carolina. The match is scheduled for 5 p.m. inside Stone Stadium.