Nordness Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Oct. 28, 2013
CHICAGO – DePaul received a double dose of good news on Monday when Kylie Nordness was honored as the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week while teammate Erin Pekovitch was selected to the BIG EAST Honor Roll.
It’s the first time this season the Blue Demons have received multiple accolades in the conference’s weekly awards.
Nordness has anchored a back line that helped the Blue Demons record their eighth shutout of the season last Saturday in a 1-0 victory at Xavier that locked up the No. 3 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship.
Along with defenders Rachel Pitman, Nina Kodros and Brianna Ryce, DePaul has given up the fewest goals in the BIG EAST at nine. Right behind that back line, goalkeeper Alejandria Godinez is No. 1 in the nation in save percentage at .913 and No. 18 in the country in goals-against average at 0.54.
“Kylie is such an awesome presence in our back line,” said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. “She's the ultimate competitor and one of the best defenders in our conference.”
Nordness, who made a number of big plays against Xavier, is well-known and well-respected by opposing coaches who voted her onto the Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team.
Last season as a junior, Nordness was named All-BIG EAST Third Team as a defender.
Pekovitch has an impeccable sense of timing, playing her best soccer in the last 16 days.
The senior forward from Stevenson scored the first goal of her collegiate career Oct. 12 in a critical 2-1 victory at Creighton that lifted DePaul into sole possession of third place.
She scored the game-winning goal against Xavier in the 55th minute with a hard shot that was deflected into the Musketeer net.
After contributing off the bench her first three years in Lincoln Park, Pekovitch earned a starting position back in August.
“Erin has scored a couple of very big goals for us this season,” Chastain said. “She is playing the best soccer of her career.”
DePaul (11-3-2, 5-2-1 in the BIG EAST) will be training hard this week for its regular-season and BIG EAST finale, a 7 p.m. match on Saturday at St. John’s.