GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia senior Alexis Shaffer has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while Duke junior EJ Proctor and Syracuse junior Courtney Brosnan earned Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Shaffer scored the lone goal the Cavaliers’ 1-0 win at No. 20/14 Notre Dame. Her score off a penalty kick was the first goal by an opponent at Notre Dame this season. The Irish were 7-0-0 at home prior to the Virginia victory on Sunday. Earlier in the week, Shaffer notched the first hat trick of her career in Thursday’s win over Pittsburgh. Shaffer now has nine goals for the season to move into the team lead for goals scored and is the team leader in points with 22. The 22 points ties the Cary, North Carolina, native for the ACC lead as well.
Proctor came up big on the road at Wake Forest and at 24th-ranked NC State, leading Duke to key wins with her play in goal. At NC State with a 1-0 lead, Proctor stopped a penalty kick by the Wolfpack and went on to make a season-high six saves in a 3-1 win. Proctor faced 14 shots at NCSU and made numerous diving and leaping stops. On the road at Wake Forest, Proctor finished with four saves on 10 Demon Deacon shots. With the two victories on the week, Duke is off to its best ACC start through six matches with a 5-0-1 record. The Blue Devils are unbeaten over their last seven matches.
Syracuse’s Brosnan also turned in two stellar efforts in goal as the Orange dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Virginia Tech and tied second-ranked Florida State 1-1. Brosnan made 20 saves in the two matches. That included a career-best match against FSU in which she faced 27 shots and registered a career-high 15 saves. The 15 saves were the second-most for a single game in Syracuse history and are the most in the ACC this season. Brosnan ranks second in the ACC in saves behind Taylor Francis of Pittsburgh and tied for fifth in shutouts with five.