UW's Sheppard Named MWC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Sept. 27, 2004


University of Utah freshman Chelsea Card and University of Wyoming freshman Ashley Sheppard have been named Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for women's soccer. Card, a forward, earns offensive player recognition, while Sheppard, a goalkeeper, receives defensive player accolades. It is the first career weekly honor for each player.

Sheppard, a native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., recorded two shutouts in goal last week as Wyoming defeated Northern Colorado, 1-0 in 2 OT, Sept. 22, and Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, Sept. 26, to move to 5-2-3 on the season. She now has three career shutouts. Sheppard had a combined 14 saves in the Cowgirls' two victories, including eight saves against Cal State Fullerton.

Card, from San Clemente, Calif., led the Utes to a 2-0-0 record this past week, as she netted two goals for four points. In Utah's 4-1 win over Washington State, Sept. 23, Card came off the bench to score two goals. Both goals came against Cougar goalkeeper Katie Hultin, who had not allowed a goal in over 420 minutes this season. In a 1-0 victory over Utah State, Sept. 26, Card contributed to the game-winning goal in overtime as she stole the ball from an Aggie defender and passed it to a teammate who assisted on the winning score. Utah is 6-2-1 on the season.

Mountain West Conference Offensive/Defensive Players of the Week

Aug. 30 Mari Gomes, Sr., F, Wyoming/Jennifer Drew, Fr., FK, Air Force
Sept. 7 Jessica Destito, Fr., F, UNLV/Jenna Huff, Jr., GK, UNLV
Sept. 13 Jessica Brown, Jr., M, UNLV/Erika Woodbury, Fr., GK, BYU
Sept. 20No awards given
Sept. 27Chelsea Card, Fr., F, Utah/Ashley Sheppard, Fr., GK, Wyoming