Sept. 22, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. -- OU freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. The accolade is the first of Devonshire's career and she is the second Sooner to be honored by the league this season (Whitney Palmer - offensive on Sept. 1).
Devonshire recorded her fourth shutout of the season in Oklahoma's 2-0 win against Lamar last Friday. The North Richland Hills, Texas, native leads the Big 12 in that category and also leads the league with 40 saves. Her four shutouts already ranks sixth on the Sooners' single season list and fourth on the all-time career list.
In Sunday's game against USC, she tallied a season-high 10 saves and limited the Trojans to just one goal. Devonshire and the OU defense has held opponents to one goal or less in six of the nine games this season.
Playing in goal all 830 minutes for OU this season, Devonshire has recorded a 1.19 goals-against average and a .784 save percentage.
Devonshire and the Sooners continue the current four-game home stand this weekend and opens Big 12 play on Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. against Texas. On Sunday, the Sooners host No. 17 Texas A&M at 1 p.m. at the OU Soccer Complex. On Friday, OU will celebrate "Kick for a Cure" at the OU Soccer Complex as the first 1,000 fans will receive pink bracelets to help raise awareness for breast cancer. The team will wear pink jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear pink as well.