Sept. 21, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -
Amy Howard, who shut out previously undefeated and No. 1-ranked North Carolina on Sunday, was named the SEC Freshman of the Week, the Southeastern Conference office announced on Monday. Howard helped Auburn go 0-1-1 in a pair of double-overtime matches at the Duke Nike Classic, making 18 saves in the process, including a career-high 12 against North Carolina.
Howard stopped six shots in Auburn's 2-1, double-overtime loss to Duke on Friday and followed that up with her career-high 12 stops against the nation's top-ranked team. North Carolina had not been shut out since Sept. 4, 2008, before Howard and the Auburn defensive starters of Lizzie Hamersly, Heather Havron, Julie King and Sammy Towne along with Christine Schweer held the Tar Heels off the scoreboard. North Carolina had out-scored its opponents, 22-2, entering the match for an average of 3.14 goals per game before Howard and company shut them out.
"It was an amazing feeling to have our defense shut out such a great team like North Carolina," Howard said. "I can't believe I'm getting this honor again. It's incredible and so much credit has to go to the team and the awesome defense it played this weekend."
"Amy was absolutely outstanding against North Carolina. She made so many incredible saves and did a great job of holding the ball so there were no rebounds. To shut out the number one team in the country as a freshman in only the eighth game of her career is a remarkable accomplishment," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said.
For her efforts, Howard was named to the Duke Nike Classic All-Tournament Team along with Hamersly.
Howard leads the SEC in saves (49) and savers per game (6.12), is sixth in save percentage (.860) and 10th in goals against average (0.94), having posted two shutouts.
This is the second time this season that Howard was named the SEC Freshman of the Week, also garnering the accolades on August 24 after posting a shutout of Samford in her first career match.