Burlington, Ont. – Marilena Spagnolo has been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Female Athlete of the Week for the period ending September 15, 2019.
Female Athlete of the Week – Marilena Spagnolo, Brock Badgers, Soccer
The Brock Badgers earned their first victory of the women’s soccer season on Saturday, followed by a draw the next day, but both results would have been tough to secure without the stellar play from their keeper Marilena Spagnolo.
The fourth-year goalie stood tall amidst a flurry of action against the McMaster Marauders on Saturday en route to making a career-best 16 saves for the St. Catharines squad. Despite being peppered by shots all game long – including nine in the opening half – Spagnolo stood her ground time and time again to shut the door on the Marauders and secure her second clean sheet of the season in Brock’s 2-0 win.
Spagnolo’s stingy play continued into Sunday, when the Badgers travelled to take on York. The Lions once again provided persistent pressure on the applied health sciences major, but to no avail. This time, Spagnolo turned away all eight of York’s shots, including six in the second half, to shut the door on their opposition and help her team secure the valuable point.
The veteran goalkeeper now sports a .919 save percentage on the season to go along with 34 saves, both of which are good enough for third in the conference.