Pitman Selected BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Oct. 7, 2013
CHICAGO - What a whirlwind of a week it's been for DePaul junior defender Rachel Pitman.
First, Pitman scores the golden goal in last Thursday's 1-0 BIG EAST Conference victory over Seton Hall at Wish Field.
Three days later, she scores an insurance goal in the Blue Demons' 2-0 conference win over Villanova.
On Monday, those two goals and two shutouts netted Pitman her first league accolade as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
"I'm very happy to get this award, but it's really all about DePaul getting two big wins last week," Pitman said. "I think it's important that one of our defenders gets recognized. Lots of times, we can be passed by.
"I couldn't have done it without the help of my other defenders because the back line works so hard together as one unit."
Defenders dedicate entire careers to keeping the ball out of the net. It was a nice change for Pitman to reverse her role and come through with two clutch scores.
Pitman had scored one goal in her first 49 matches at DePaul and doubled that figure in the span of 183 minutes.
In the golden goal that came in the 93rd minute, Pitman established position in front of the Seton Hall net and fired a rebound into the center of the net.
Her goal in the 58th minute on Sunday was a classic soccer connection.
"As Elise Wyatt was crossing the ball from the left wing, I made a late run on the far right side that caught the defender off-guard," Pitman said. "Backs aren't usually that far upfield, but I like to gamble at times.
"I had a clear shot into the far left side of the net. It's always fun for a defender to score, and I hope I can keep on going."
Pitman is an outside back on a defense anchored by Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team selection Kylie Nordness that has only given up seven goals in 12 matches.
DePaul (8-2-2, 2-1-1 in the BIG EAST) is No. 15 in the nation in goals-against average and No. 3 in the country in save percentage.
The Blue Demons return to action on Saturday in a 7 p.m. BIG EAST match at Creighton. The Bluejays are 9-3-1 and tied with DePaul in the BIG EAST at 2-1-1. Creighton boasts the No. 23 offense in the country and has scored 32 goals.