Quinn Garners Defensive Player of the Week Honors

Oct. 23, 2007

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

For the first time in her career, <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas senior goalkeeper Colleen Quinn has been named the Big 12 Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 23. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Quinn, a 5-foot-6 keeper from Fort Collins, Colo., recorded a pair of shut outs over the weekend as the Jayhawks earned a win and a tie on the road. On Friday afternoon, Quinn returned to her native state of Colorado and made six saves to blank the Buffaloes, 2-0. The senior netminder was even better Sunday, collecting seven saves to shut out sixth-ranked Texas in Austin.

The Longhorns match marked the first time that a Jayhawk goalkeeper has held a ranked opponent scoreless on the road since Quinn shut out then-No. 25 Nebraska in Lincoln on Sept. 30, 2005. Quinn ranks third in the conference with 80 saves this season and is tied for seventh with three shut outs.

“Colleen has really stepped up to the challenge since we started conference play and been very consistent,” KU head coach Mark Francis said. “She was tremendous in both matches this weekend and was one of the big reasons we were able to get those results on the road.”

Quinn is the second Jayhawk to be honored on the conference’s weekly awards this season. Freshman Kaitlyn Cunningham was named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week on Oct. 9.

Kansas (4-9-4, 2-2-3 Big 12) hosts Nebraska at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex Friday at 3 p.m. KU – currently tied for seventh in the Big 12 standings – will be looking for a berth in the Big 12 Championships.