Merkle Earns Mountain West Soccer Co-Defensive Player Of The Week

Oct. 17, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Wyoming soccer goalkeeper Courtney Merkle was honored today as the Co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Mountain West for her performance over the weekend.

"It was a very good weekend for us as a team," Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez said. "Courtney made a couple game saving saves against New Mexico and she was rock solid against TCU."

Merkle, from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, record a total of 14 saves and allowed a combined two goals as Wyoming posted a 1-0-1 record over the weekend against New Mexico (T, 1-1 (2OT)) and TCU (W, 3-1). On Friday against the Lobos, Merkle had eight saves including a combined three game saving stops in the two overtime periods. Against the Horned Frogs on Sunday, Merkle recorded six saves. The lone goal she allowed against the Horned Frogs came off a TCU penalty kick. She has played in 14 games in 2011 recording a goal-against average of .77 and making 51 saves. She has also shutout three Cowgirl opponents. The honor is Merkle's second MW Player of the Week award in her Cowgirl career. Merkle is the second Cowgirl this season to earn player of the week honors, with redshirt freshman Sara Paul garnering the award on Oct. 3.

Sharing the defensive award with Merkle was Boise State's keeper Liz Ruiz. This week's offensive player of the week went to UNLV midfielder Macy Jo Harrison.