GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota sophomore goalkeeper Catherine Klein has been named Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week after registering her fourth shutout of the season last Sunday at Southern Utah.
Klein, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., turned aside all 10 shots she faced in a 3-0 win over the Thunderbirds that snapped UND’s four-match losing skid. It also kept alive the Fighting Hawks’ (5-7-3, 3-4-0 Big Sky) hopes of advancing to the Big Sky Tournament for the first time in program history.
In 12 appearances (11 starts) this season, Klein is 4-5-2 with a 1.06 goals against average and a conference-best .877 save percentage. She also leads the Big Sky in saves (93) and saves per game (7.75) entering the final two weeks of the regular season.
It was the second such honor of Klein’s career. She also nabbed Big Sky Defensive honors last August as a freshman.
Northern Arizona’s Adrian Nixt was named this week’s Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week.
Klein and the Fighting Hawks head back on the road this week to face Portland State on Friday and Montana on Sunday.