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Shelton wins A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sept. 17, 2007

MACON, Ga. - Lipscomb's women's soccer team ended several dubious streaks this weekend led by the strong play of junior goalkeeper Katie Shelton.

The Lady Bisons defeated Jackson State and Chattanooga for the first set of back-to-back wins for the program since October 2002. Shelton recorded shutouts in both games and on Monday, the conference office named her the first Player of the Week in the Lady Bisons history.

The week started with the Lady Bisons in the midst of a 19-game losing streak, dating back to Sept. 3 of last year, but Shelton put an end to that mark with a 1-0 decision against Jackson State on Wednesday. It was the first home victory since a 2-1 defeat of Winthrop on Sept. 9, 2004, a span of also 19 games.

The win was also the first overtime victory since downing Mercer 1-0 on October 31, 2002.

The win was also head coach Jon Ireland's first at Lipscomb.

Shelton helped the Lady Bisons win back-to-back games for the first time in almost five years when she shut out Chattanooga 1-0 on Friday. It was also the first time she has recorded back-to-back shutouts.

She shares the A-Sun lead with those two shutouts and she leads the league in saves with 39. She is second in saves per game at 7.8.