October 17, 2012
Honors Keep Rolling In For Bulldogs' Montgomery
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Samford soccer player Melissa Montgomery garnered yet another prestigious award Tuesday as the Bulldogs' sophomore goalkeeper was named the Southern Conference's Player of the Week for all matches held Sept. 8-14. The award was selected by the league office.
On Monday, Montgomery was named the SoCon Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
A native of Georgetown, Texas, Montgomery was flawless in goal last week, posting a pair of shutouts as the Bulldogs remained unbeaten in SoCon play with a pair of road wins. Samford's first-year starter in goal made eight saves and posted a 0.00 goals-against average in victories over The Citadel and College of Charleston.
Against The Citadel on Friday, Montgomery made five stops in Samford's 2-0 win, good for her second shutout of the season.
In a rematch of last season's SoCon Tournament title game, Montgomery tallied three saves in the Bulldogs' crucial 1-0 win over College of Charleston on Sunday. Her second straight shutout improved her record on the season to 7-1-2 this year.
The wins improved Samford's unbeaten streak against league opponents to 22-consecutive matches, dating back to the start of the 2011 season.
The weekly award is the first of Montgomery's career. She is the second Samford student-athlete to earn the honor this season, as teammate Kaley Blanton was the league's player of the week on Sept. 11.
Samford (9-5-2, 6-0-2 SoCon) will look to retain its grip on the top spot in the standings when it hosts second-place UNCG (9-6-1, 6-1-1 SoCon) on Friday at 7 p.m. (CDT) in Birmingham, Ala.
Also nominated for SoCon Player of the Week were: Taylor Dunlap (Appalachian State), Kate Twohig (College of Charleston), Mariana Garcia (The Citadel), Kate Murphy (Elon), Rose Hull (Furman), Cat Barnekow (UNCG), Kelsey Swann (Chattanooga) and Markie-Lynn Studnicky (Western Carolina).
2012 SoCon Soccer Players of the Week
Aug. 21, Jamie Simmons, UNCG
Aug. 28, Chesney White, UNCG
Sept. 4, Katie Merson, Georgia Southern
Sept. 11, Kaley Blanton, Samford
Sept. 18, Julia Holz, Appalachian State
Sept. 25, Jennifer Lauer, Western Carolina
Oct. 2, Stephanie DeVita, Furman
Oct. 9, Jamie Simmons, UNCG
Oct. 16, Melissa Montgomery, Samford