Oct. 31, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Defender Madison Oliver is Army's first women's soccer player to earn Patriot League BRINE "Rookie of the Week" honors this season with her selection by the conference office Monday afternoon following her performance in Army's 0-0 double-overtime tie with Lafayette. Oliver is the fourth Black Knight to earn weekly honors among the seven certificates awarded in 2011.
The freshman defender has played a pivotal role helping backstop Army to a stingy 0.47 GAA this season. In the Black Knights' 0-0 double overtime draw with Lafayette in the regular-season finale on Sunday, Oliver was part of a defensive unit that limited the Leopards to just five shots in 110 minutes of action.
Oliver has drawn duty in 16 of Army's 18 games this season, including starts in the last 11 games during which time the Black Knights recorded eight shutouts compiling a 6-2-3 mark. The freshman from Flower Mound, Texas, has drawn the most starts (11) among six Army freshmen to draw duty this year. Oliver is tied with classmates Lara Wilson and Alana Mitchem for the most games played by a newcomer with 16 each.
"Madison has been tremendous all year," stated head coach Stefanie Golan. "She shuts things down defensively, she connects well out of the back and is solid in the air. The best part is that she continues to get better with every game.
"Against Lafayette, specifically, she did all of those things and was particularly good at cutting out the entry balls and prevented their attackers from getting behind us. She was a calming presence."
Sophomore Molly McGuigan, the league's preseason Defensive Player of the Year, earned honorable mention honors for her play against Lafayette.
Army (10-3-5, 3-1-3 PL) heads to Hamilton, N.Y., this weekend to participate in the Patriot League Tournament at Van Doren Field. The No. 4 Black Knights take on host and top-seed Colgate in the first round at 5 p.m. in a rematch of last year's semifinal game that saw the Black Knights take a 1-0 overtime decision at West Point. The second semifinal contest will feature second-seeded Lafayette taking on No. 3 Navy at 8 p.m.
The winners advance to Sunday's championship game at 1 p.m. with the 2011 title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.