Oct. 13, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
For the second time in a month, Ole Miss goalkeeper Brittany Gillespie has been chosen as the SEC Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, as announced Monday by the league office.
A senior from Modesto, Calif., Gillespie picked up a pair of SEC wins in goal last weekend to help the Rebels (12-2, 3-1 SEC) take over first place in the Western Division.
Gillespie's 3-0 blanking of LSU Friday established the Rebels a new school record with their ninth shutout of the season. The Sunday victory against Arkansas tied Gillespie for the Ole Miss career lead in goalkeeper wins with 29. The two-time team captain is already the school's all-time leader in shutouts (19.9) and goals-against average (0.92).
Gillespie has been among the nation's best keepers in 2003, ranking top 15 in the NCAA in goals-against average at 0.50. She also leads the conference in GAA, shutouts (8.9) and save percentage (.881).
"Brittany had a spectacular non-conference performance, and it's been great to see her carry that into SEC play," said Ole Miss head coach Steve Holeman. "We have confidence that she will continue her outstanding play and lead us throughout the remainder of the season."
Gillespie also nabbed Player of the Week accolades on Sept. 29 after posting back-to-back shutouts of Middle Tennessee and Southeast Missouri. A Rebel has picked up POW status 10 times in the program's history and at least once each of the last four seasons.
As a team, the Rebels also earned recognition in the rankings on Monday. The Rebels are currently No. 22 in the nation and fourth in the Central Region in both the Soccer Buzz and NSCAA polls. It marks Ole Miss' first ever appearance in the NSCAA national ranking.
After two weekends on the road, the Rebels return to Oxford for a five-match SEC homestand to close out the regular season. Ole Miss hosts Alabama Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT and Auburn Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.