Nebraska senior goalkeeper Emma Stevens was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday after she helped the Huskers finish the regular-season conference road schedule 5-0 with a pair of road victories at Wisconsin and Minnesota over the weekend. The No. 22 Huskers (12-3-1, 7-1-0 Big Ten) remain at the top of the Big Ten Conference standings with three league home matches remaining.
The Corona, Calif. native made six saves in Friday's double-overtime victory in Madison as Caroline Gray notched the game-winning goal with one second remaining to stun the Badgers, 2-1. On Sunday, Stevens surpassed former Husker Erin Miller (239) to become the all-time leader in saves at Nebraska. The graduate student made six stops in a 1-0 win at Minnesota and sits alone in first place with 245 career saves after her 30th career victory and eighth-career shutout.
The Nebraska keeper, with help from her stingy defensive unit, has amassed a 0.85 goals-against average in Big Ten action allowing seven goals in eight matches. In road league matches, Stevens boasts an impressive 0.77 GAA stopping 29 shots in five matches at a 87.9 percent clip. Overall, Stevens has already posted a single-season career-best 12 victories allowing 17 goals in 16 matches.
Stevens is near the top of several all-time NU goalkeeping categories, including second in minutes played (5,518), starts (61) and game played (64), while ranking fourth in wins (30) and sixth in shutouts (8),
Stevens is the first NU goalkeeper to earn a defensive weekly conference award since Tara McDonald in 2010 as a member of the Big 12 Conference. The honor is marks the fifth conference award earned by the Huskers this season.
NU battles Ohio State this Friday, Oct. 25 scheduled for a 4 p.m. start at the Nebraska Soccer Field.