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BIG EAST Conference Honors Trio of Women's Soccer Players
After scoring two game-winning goals, sophomore Abby Reed was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week.

After scoring two game-winning goals, sophomore Abby Reed was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week.
Aug. 25, 2014

CHICAGO – Less than 24 hours after knocking off a nationally ranked team, the DePaul women’s soccer team was rewarded by the BIG EAST Conference.

Sophomore forward Abby Reed was honored as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and freshman midfielder Alexa Ben was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week.

In addition, senior defender Rachel Pitman was chosen for the BIG EAST Honor Roll.

After transferring in from Indiana State, Reed has notched back-to-back winning goals in helping the Blue Demons get out to a 2-0-0 start. She had the game-winner in Sunday’s 2-1 upset of No. 13 Nebraska on the road, following up the game-winner in Friday’s 2-1 victory over Central Michigan in the season opener at Wish Field.

In both matches, Reed came through in crunch time. The Central Michigan goal came in the 83rd minute and the Nebraska score came in the 85th minute.

"Abby demonstrated what she is capable of doing over the weekend in terms of goal-scoring,” said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. “Her transition into our team has been seamless and we love having her."

It’s been quite an auspicious collegiate debut for Ben with two assists along with setting the stage for a third goal. Her pass to Rachel Pitman led to the Blue Demons’ first goal of the season on Friday.

On Sunday, Ben ripped a shot off the post in the 16th minute that bounced right to Elise Wyatt for a wide-open rebound into the net. Ben later made the assist on Reed’s game-winner.


 

 

“Alexa had a hand in three of our four goals last weekend,” Chastain said. “She is a very dangerous attacking player, and her soccer IQ is incredible.”

Along with her goal against Central Michigan, Pitman teamed with back-line mates Nina Kodros, Sarah Gorden, Elizabeth Endy and midfielders Brianna Ryce and Amber Paul in containing a high-powered Nebraska offense that had scored four goals on Friday and 54 goals last season.

Georgetown goalkeeper Emma Newins was selected BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after making seven saves in a 1-0-1 weekend on the West Coast that included three stops in overtime to preserve a 0-0 draw against Long Beach State.

Joining Pitman on the BIG EAST Honor Roll were Daphne Corboz of Georgetown, Kelly Mahoney of Butler, Kirstyn Corder of Creighton and Amanda Engel of Marquette.

The Blue Demons return to action on Friday with a 3 p.m. match at Towson (Md.).