Grogan named SBC Soccer Player of Week

Senior earns award for fourth time

October 30, 2007 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee senior forward Holly Grogan was named the Sun Belt Conference's Player of the Week after leading the Blue Raider soccer team to a pivotal weekend sweep of perennial league powers Denver and North Texas.

Grogan scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Denver Friday and she assisted the game-winning goal in a 2-1 comeback win against North Texas Sunday. It marks the fourth time Grogan has been named SBC Player of the Week in her career - most of any Blue Raider.

"I'm very appreciative of the honor because I know there are so many good players in our league and on our team for that matter," Grogan said. "It was a big weekend for us as we tried to make a move in the conference standings. We were able to get the result we sought against two very good teams so now we have a chance to play for a championship at Western Kentucky. We earned this opportunity as a team by playing solid and playing together."

The Blue Raiders (10-5-3, 7-2-1) entered last weekend fourth place in the league standings behind Western Kentucky, Denver and North Texas, but the weekend sweep, coupled with the Hilltoppers' loss to Denver Sunday, catapulted the team into second in the league standings and set up a championship showdown against the Hilltoppers Friday.

Grogan's play is a big reason the Blue Raiders were able to pull off the rare weekend sweep of North Texas and Denver which have only been swept in weekend conference series three times since the league began sponsoring soccer as a championship sport in 2000. Middle Tennessee was responsible for two of the weekend sweeps (2005, 2007) and South Alabama did it once.

Grogan is the only player in Blue Raider history with 100-plus points (102) and she is the school's all-time leader in points, goals and she is second all-time in assists. Grogan is currently ranked No. 13 nationally in assists per game (0.57), which leads the Sun Belt.

NOTES: Middle Tennessee moved into the Soccer Buzz Central Region rankings at No. 15 this week. It is their first ranking this season ... Middle Tennessee freshman keeper Kela Casiple, who is 8-2-1 on the season, is ranked No. 16 nationally in goals-against-average (.551) and she is sixth nationally in save percentage (.897). Casiple leads the Sun Belt in shutouts per game (six), goals-against-average, and save percentage ... The Blue Raiders are 6-0-1 in their last seven matches, including four straight wins ... Middle Tennessee has outscored its opponents 14-3 during its seven match unbeaten streak ... Middle Tennessee starts six freshmen and two sophomores ... The Blue Raiders have seven shutouts this season which is tied for third on the single-season list.

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