DePaul's Godinez Selected BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Nov. 7, 2013
MILWAUKEE - A record number of Blue Demons were called up to the awards stand at Thursday night's BIG EAST Conference Awards Banquet, and the biggest smile of all belonged to Alex Godinez.
The sophomore who wasn't in the starting lineup at the beginning of the season capped off quite a Cinderella story in being named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year.
Godinez earned the honor after leading the conference in save percentage and shutouts, finishing second in goals-against average and third in saves.
She enters DePaul's BIG EAST semifinal match against No. 15/8 Georgetown on Friday No. 6 in the nation in save percentage.
All this from an untested, first-year starter who ascended into the starting position after Megan Pyrz sustained a season-ending injury.
"When I heard my name called, I just started shaking my head," Godinez said. "No, this can't be. I was in shock, I guess. It's incredible, and I'm so glad I could win this award for the team as we get ready to play in the BIG EAST semifinals.
"I don't win this award if not for my back line. They don't let anything through, and I couldn't ask for a better back line. I think all four of them should have won Defensive Player of the Year."
It has been quite a journey for Godinez who went from backup to best in the BIG EAST.
"This season really is like a Cinderella story," Godinez said. "It wasn't the ideal situation how I got my position, and it was an emotional thing when Meg got hurt.
"I look at other keepers, and lots of times, this is how it happens. I was lucky enough to be in a situation where my team needed me and I just took advantage of that opportunity."
This was the first time DePaul had five players honored at the BIG EAST Awards Banquet since joining the conference in 2005.
Preceding Godinez were All-BIG EAST First Team senior defender Kylie Nordness, All-BIG EAST Second Team sophomore forward Elise Wyatt and senior midfielder Rebekah Roller and All-BIG EAST Third Team junior defender Rachel Pitman.
Opposing coaches who voted for the selections recognized DePaul's sturdy defense (Godinez, Nordness, Pitman) which gave up the fewest goals (12) in the entire conference. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Wyatt leads DePaul with seven goals, four assists and 18 points. Roller has been the heart and soul of the Blue Demon midfield the last two years.
Nordness was an All-BIG EAST Third Team selection last season. For the other four Blue Demons, this was their first time in the postseason awards spotlight.