Aug. 25, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn soccer team opened the 2008 season with a pair of shutouts and for her efforts in both games, senior goalkeeper Allison Whitworth was tabbed the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
Whitworth, from Birmingham, made five saves over the weekend to bring her career total up to 229, which ranks third all-time at Auburn. Splitting time in net with Skylar Brinegar in Auburn's 9-0 win over Grambling State, she was credited with just one shutout on the weekend as she played all 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over UAB. With the shutout on Sunday, she has now recorded 15 in her career, second only to former All-American keeper Megan Rivera's 33 in the Auburn annals.
"It's a great honor to be the SEC Defensive Player of the Week but it should really go to the entire defense for clearing balls off the goal line, keeping it out of the box and keeping shots from being taken," Whitworth said.
Whitworth has now been named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week three times in her career, also collecting the honors after the opening weekend in 2006 when Auburn posted back-to-back shutouts of No. 15 Texas and Jacksonville State and again in October of 2007 after a pair of shutouts of LSU and Arkansas