Nov. 1, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's soccer goalkeeper Elizabeth Watza (Northville, Mich.) was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, as announced Monday (Nov.1) by the Big Ten Conference. This is Watza's first conference award of her career.
The redshirt junior earns Defensive Player of the Week accolades after stepping in at goalkeeper for an injured Jill Flietstra and making six saves in 155 minutes in net. Watza entered Friday's match against No. 16 Illinois with the Spartans down 1-0 at halftime and held the Illini scoreless for the rest of the match, notching a save in the loss. The keeper then made five saves in Michigan State's 1-1 tie with Iowa on Sunday, marking her first career start.
The Spartans wrap up the regular season on Friday (Nov. 5) when they face the Buckeyes of Ohio State. The matchup is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.