COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Robertson has been named the Big Ten Conference women's soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Robertson, from Mission Viejo, Calif., was instrumental in three Buckeye wins last week, recording shutouts against Wright State (3-0), Pepperdine (1-0) and San Diego (2-0). Robertson stopped all 13 shots she faced and she even recorded an assist on Ohio State’s third goal against Wright State.
The Buckeyes' standout goalkeeper produced her best performance of the week against one of the strongest teams the Buckeyes have met to date San Diego. The Toreros came into the game ranked 24th nationally with wins over a nationally-ranked Wake Forest team and a tie against nationally-ranked Duke. Robertson totaled seven saves against the Toreros, including a critical save from point-blank range when the game was still scoreless.
Robertson has picked up the victory in all five Ohio State games this year. She has posted four shutouts and currently leads the Big Ten in goals-against average 0.39 and save percentage (.920). Robertson has a career record of 15-7-1 and nine shutouts. This week’s Big Ten honor was the second for Robertson. She also received the award last year as a freshman when she recorded shutouts in her first two games played (over Kent State and Xavier).
Robertson and Ohio State play host to Ohio at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game will mark the end of six-consecutive home games for Ohio State to open the season.