Oct. 29, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern sophomore goalkeeper Anna Cassell (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) has been named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced today. Cassell receives this week's honor along with Penn State goalkeeper Erin McNulty.
Cassell played all 90 minutes in Northwestern's 1-0 shutout of Michigan State in the 2012 finale Saturday in East Lansing. She made six saves, which helped the Wildcats post their second shutout in as many games, win their third consecutive Big Ten match and most notably, give head coach Michael Moynihan his 200th career victory.
It was the second shutout of the season for Cassell and fourth of the year for the Wildcats. Northwestern only allowed one goal in its final three Big Ten matches, which came off a penalty kick early in its match against Illinois. Cassell had a shutout streak of 253:02 to finish the season (73:02 scoreless minutes at Illinois and two 90-minute shutouts vs. Iowa and at MSU).
This is the first career honor for Cassell and the final Big Ten weekly awards of the season. Three Wildcats took home player of the week honors in 2012 as sophomore Jackie Alyinovich received defensive honors last week (Oct. 22) and freshman goalkeeper Rachel Bergman was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on Sept. 10.
Northwestern concluded the 2012 season with five more wins and two more Big Ten victories than the 2011 campaign and won three consecutive conference matches for the first time since 1998.
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