Junior goalkeeper Christiane Cordero
Oct. 15, 2012
IRVING, Texas - East Carolina junior keeper Christiane Cordero was named Conference USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the third time in the last four weeks the league office announced Monday afternoon.
For the second-straight weekend, Cordero posted a pair of shutouts helping keep the Pirates (8-5-3, 4-1-3) atop the league standings, where they are currently in a three-way tie for third with Memphis and UCF.
"Christiane is in a zone right now," said ECU Head Coach Rob Donnenwirth. "When you watch her train you can tell she is a very serious and focused athlete. She wants to be the difference maker in games and provides great leadership. Christiane will also be the first to tell you that her defenders in front of her are just as important."
The Valencia, Calif. native tallied 12 saves on the weekend playing 220 minutes in the box and recorded her league leading ninth save of the year, which leads Conference USA. Against SMU, she stopped all six shots faced in a scoreless double-over time tie and followed that with another six save performance against Tulsa in the Pirates third-straight scoreless draw of the season.
Cordero, who has posted five clean sheets in a row (second-longest streak in school history), has allowed 15 goals on the season for a 0.90 goals against average. She has played over 1,500 minutes in goal recording 74 saves for an impressive .831 save percentage.
In eight league games, she has allowed just two goals (both to No. 25 Memphis) and has posted seven shutouts with 50 saves and an impressive 0.23 goals against average. Cordero has started all 54 career games played in goal for the Pirates, recording 28 wins, logging nearly 5,000 minutes in goal with 250 saves, 16.0 shutouts, a 1.24 GAA and a .786 save percentage.
ECU will be back in action this weekend when they travel to nationally ranked UCF on Friday, Oct. 19 (7 p.m./ET) and Southern Miss Sunday, Oct. 21 (2 p.m./ET). The Pirates will close out the regular season at home in two weeks on Thursday, Oct. 25 when they host Marshall (7 p.m./ET) on Senior Night.