Oct. 2, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
Auburn sophomore goalkeeper Allison Whitworth was named the Southeastern Conference's Defensive Player of the Week while teammate Caitlin King was named the Freshman of the Week as the pair helped the Tiger soccer team to a win and a tie on the road this past weekend.
Whitworth recorded back-to-back shutouts on the weekend, holding both Kentucky and Vanderbilt scoreless in overtime contests. In AU's 1-0 win overtime victory in Lexington, the Birmingham native registered six saves, four of which came in the second half, as AU won its first conference game of the year. She followed that up with a career-high 11 saves in Auburn's 0-0 double-overtime tie at Vanderbilt, with seven of her saves coming in the second half when Vanderbilt registered 12 shots.
Whitworth currently leads the SEC with 54 saves and her 4.91 saves per game is second in the league. Her .871 save percentage is also second in the league while her 0.73 goals against average ranks fourth.
King collected her second game-winning overtime goal of the season as she headed in a corner just 19 seconds into the first overtime frame in AU's first SEC win of the season at Kentucky. The goal came on an identical play to her previous game-winner against William & Mary on Sept. 3.
A forward, King earned the first two conference starts of her career over the weekend and tallied 166 minutes, including all 91 in the win at Kentucky. The St. Louis native currently leads the Tigers in goals (three), points (eight) and game-winning goals (two) this season.
Whitworth had previously been named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on August 28th after posting shutouts over Texas and Jacksonville State.
Auburn returns to the pitch on Friday night against Ole Miss at 7 p.m. CT at Auburn Soccer Complex.