July 21, 2010
Whitehead Finishes Regular Season As W-League's Top Goalkeeper
Samford's Alyssa Whitehead concluded the 2010 season of the prestigious United Soccer League as the top goalkeeper in the W-League. The Bulldogs' 6-foot-3 goalkeeper is competing this summer for the Charlotte Lady Eagles and has played almost every minute of her team's 10 games, allowing only four goals to finish the regular season with a goals-against average of 0.41.
Whitehead, a native of Hattiesburg, Miss., will be a junior at Samford in the fall. Last season, she helped lead the Bulldogs to a school-record 12-1-5 overall record and a semifinal appearance in the 2009 Southern Conference Tournament.
Additionally, Whitehead earned Third-Team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Southeast Region honors last season and finished the campaign ranked first in the nation in goals-against average (0.31) and third in the nation in save percentage (0.91). She only allowed a total of six goals on 169 shots faced and received First-Team All-SoCon accolades.
Whitehead also played a major role in the Bulldogs' defense that finished the season ranked first in the nation in both goals-against average (0.31) and save percentage (0.92).
Whitehead and the Samford University soccer team will begin play in its 2010 campaign on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., as the Bulldogs square off against the Belmont Bruins in an exhibition contest to be held at Bulldog Field.