Cowgirl Soccer Goalkeeper Courtney Merkle Honored as MWC Defensive Player of the Week

Nov. 1, 2010


For the second consecutive week, Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer was honored with a player of the week. Sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Merkle was selected as the Mountain West Conference's defensive player of the week for the second time in as many weeks.

"We feel the whole back line along with Courtney played very solid for us on Saturday against Air Force," UW head soccer coach Danny Sanchez said. "We needed to keep Air Force scoreless and we did, with Courtney being a key piece of the shutout."

Merkle, a native of Alberta, Canada, kept Air Force off the scoreboard in a 0-0 double-overtime draw on Saturday afternoon, helping Wyoming secure a spot in the MWC Championship. Merkle made seven saves in 110 minutes of action, including a stop in the final moments of the second overtime period, preserving the tie and giving the Cowgirls possession of the sixth-seed in the Conference tournament. Merkle has recorded five shutouts this season.

This is the second time in school history a Cowgirl has been named MWC player of the week in consecutive weeks. The first Cowgirl to receive this honor was Lorie Scheider during the 2003-04 season.

The Cowgirls will travel to San Diego, Calif., on Wednesday to take on the San Diego State Aztecs in the first round of the MWC Championships, beginning at 4 p.m. MT.