Merkle Named MW Defensive Player of the Week

Oct. 2, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Cowgirl goalkeeper Courtney Merkle was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week by the league offices Monday afternoon following her efforts in last Saturday's 0-0 draw at UNLV.

The honor marks the fourth career MW weekly award for the Lethbridge, Alberta native as she earned two last season and one from the 2010 season.

"She made some big saves for us," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "She gave the team a lift with her play and showed a strong will to win. Any time an individual receives an award is because the team is playing well. Our defense played a great game against a dangerous UNLV team."

Merkle recorded 10 saves while playing all 110 minutes in the two-overtime match, helping end the Rebels' seven game winning streak. She played a primary role in helping the Cowgirl defensive backline keep out 21 UNLV shot attempts, including 10 on goal. Her efforts were magnified in the second overtime as she had four saves from Rebel shots on goal.

San Diego State's Hannah Keane was named the MW Offensive Player of the Week as she had one goal and assisted another in last weekend's 3-0 win over Nevada.

The Cowgirls face Fresno State Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.