IRVING, Texas – Senior Allison Leone and sophomore Christina Bragado have been named the C-USA Goalkeeper and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
Leone’s honor is the third of her career, having previously been named the C-USA Goalkeeper of the Week in back-to-back weeks last season on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10; the honor also gives Leone the most weekly awards among WKU goalkeepers in program history and matches Amanda Buechel’s mark for the most among all individual players.
For Bragado, the weekly award is the first of her career on The Hill and marks the fourth C-USA Defensive Player of the Week award received by a WKU player since the beginning of the 2016 season.
WKU picked up the pair of awards after battling to a 0-0 draw at Southern Miss last Thursday evening. The Lady Toppers held the hot-shooting Golden Eagles well below their season averages of 20.4 shots and 10.3 on goal, limiting them to just 14 shots, seven of which were on target. Through the end of Thursday’s match, the Lady Topper defense has surrendered just three goals in its last 410 minutes of action dating back to the Evansville match on Sept. 3.
Following the shutout on Thursday that saw her make seven saves, Leone now owns three solo shutouts this season and 25 for her career to rank second in program history. The Kennesaw, Ga., native has collected 44 saves in 839 minutes of play this season and owns a 0.86 goals against average, the fourth-best mark among C-USA goalkeepers in 2017.
Bragado has played every minute this season from her center back position, anchoring WKU’s back line across 849 minutes of playing time. Against Southern Miss, the San Diego, Calif., sophomore was one of only three field players on either side to play the full 110 minutes, joining teammate Nicole Roseland and Ola Akinniyi of the Golden Eagles. Under Bragado’s defensive leadership, WKU has not given up more than two goals in a single match and has allowed only eight total goals in nine matches this season.
Leone, Bragado and the Lady Toppers will be back in action on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the WKU Soccer Complex as they host C-USA foe Rice. WKU claimed its first-ever win over the Owls in Houston last season, grabbing a 1-0 victory on a 15th-minute goal from former Lady Topper Iris Dunn. Following Thursday’s match, WKU will round out the weekend on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. against North Texas; both matches will feature free admission for all fans.