Sept. 26, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Greg Klazura, a senior on the Notre Dame men’s soccer team, has been named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in Saturday’s 1-0 win over No. 3 Louisville.
Klazura, a left back, played all 90 minutes in the victory over the Cardinals. He and the Irish defense blanked a Louisville offense that entered the match averaging 2.14 goals per game. It was the first time Louisville had been shutout this season.
The victory increased Notre Dame’s win streak to four games and unbeaten streak to five. The triumph also snapped Louisville’s 17-game unbeaten streak in BIG EAST play.
This was Klazura’s first career league player-of-the-week accolade. It marked the second straight week that the Fighting Irish produced the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. Junior central defender Grant Van De Casteele received the honor last Monday.
Two of Klazura’s teammates also received accolades for their performance against Louisville. Fellow backline mate Aaron Maund, a senior central defender, was selected to the Top Drawer Soccer national team of the week, while senior goalkeeper Will Walsh was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this season. Walsh made seven saves against the Cardinals and upped his and the team’s scoreless streak to 270:21.
No. 10 Notre Dame (5-1-2, 1-0-0) will return to action on Saturday at No. 16 St. John’s. The BIG EAST clash is slated for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) kickoff in Queens, N.Y.