Now that we’re a month into the D3 Women’s Soccer season, let’s take a look at the top goalkeepers so far.
Which of these keepers do you think is the best? Let us know in the poll at the bottom of the page. We’ll close the poll and announce the winner a week from today (Wednesday, Oct 12 at noon Pacific). Let’s get to it.[divider]
Lizzy Christ – BR-75 WashU
September 10th, 2016: during the NCAA women’s soccer match between Calvin (#11) and the WashU Bears (#2) at Francis Field on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. WUSTL won 3-0. (Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos)
The Bears’ only loss this season came after Christ was injured in a collision early in the matchup with BR-52 UW-Whitewater. Credited with four shutouts on the season, Christ made a season high three saves against BR-132 Hanover in week two.
Christ has an overall 36-7-3, record – 2nd most wins in school history and her 0.38 goals against average is top for any Bears keeper. She’s notched 22 shutouts and 137 saves.[divider]
Shelby Money – BR-31 Rowan
With eight of Rowan’s nine wins in net, along with one draw Money had made 20 saves this season – credited with seven shutouts and a share of the other two.
Head Coach Scott Leacott had this to say about his netminder, “Shelby is a tremendous keeper with a great work rate. She is a young player who cannot get enough soccer, craves goalkeeping workouts and does a lot of that on her own also. She is very quick and tenacious. Plays the ball with both feet very well also. She definitely is one of the top goalkeepers and works every day at her craft.”[divider]
Miye Aoki-Kramer – BR-261 Ripon
When asked about his freshman goalkeeper, head coach Sam Schroeder said, “Miye is first and foremost an excellent teammate. The team always comes first. She works very hard. She’s always looking to improve whether its through film, with our GK coach Greg Ruark, or by hanging around after practice to develop specific skills.
“When we recruited her we knew we were getting an exceptional person and an excellent shot stopper. But the thing that has been instrumental in our success this year is how much she has developed as a distributor of the ball which is a credit to her work ethic. Most of our possession begins with her making good choices about when and where to distribute. That is a quality that is rare and its part of what has gotten Miye off to an exceptional start in her career thus far.”[divider]
Sierra Daniger – BR-217 Knox
Knox College Prairie Fire women’s soccer team, in action against Westminster College. (Knox College Athletics)
Head coach Paul Lawrence had this to say of his sophomore goalkeeper, “Sierra is a player that tactically understands the game beyond her years. I think the most impressive aspect about her game this season has been her ability to organize the back four and holding midfielder in front of her.
“There have been several games this season where Sierra has not been called into action for 89 minutes, but in the last minute of the game has been forced into action making a world class save. It highlights her focus and concentration and overall attention to detail. Sierra has also been fortunate to play behind arguably some of the best defenders in the region. I think this partnership has contributed to Sierra’s remarkable statistics.”[divider]
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