IRVING, Texas – For the second time in the last month, Christina Bragado and Allison
Leone have been named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the
Week, respectively, as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
The honor is Bragado’s second career nod from the conference, while Leone is now
WKU’s all-time record holder for weekly awards, notching her second of the season
and fourth of her career with the accolades.
WKU (5-8-1, 2-4-1 C-USA) put together a 2-0 record over the weekend with shutout
victories over both Florida Atlantic on Friday evening (1-0) and FIU on Sunday
afternoon (2-0) at the WKU Soccer Complex. With the pair of wins, the Lady Toppers
are now just three points out of a conference tournament spot with three matches to
Acting as the anchor of the back line at center back as she has all season, Bragado
held the Owls and Panthers to only four combined shots on goal across 180 minutes of
action. The sophomore and the Lady Topper defense shined in the second half on
Sunday afternoon as gusty winds struck the Soccer Complex, making defending
unpredictable. Despite the adverse conditions, WKU allowed just two shots over the
final 45 minutes to complete the shutout against FIU.
In goal, Leone collected her fourth and fifth solo shutouts of the season, mark that
ranks second among all C-USA goalkeepers in 2017. The senior made timely saves
throughout the weekend to keep WKU’s opponents off the board, including a stop
against Florida Atlantic just after Tally Bishop’s match-winner on Friday and saves
on either side of the halftime break on Sunday against FIU. With three saves on
Sunday, Leone is now just 14 shy of reaching 300 stops for her career.
Under Bragado and Leone, the WKU defense has held its opponents scoreless for the
last 252 consecutive minutes dating back to the Middle Tennessee match on Oct. 6.
The Lady Toppers have allowed just 12 goals in 13 matches this season and have
surrendered more than a single goal on just three occasions; only North Texas (9)
has allowed fewer goals this season among C-USA members.
Bragado, Leone and the Lady Toppers will return to action on Thursday evening at 7
p.m. as WKU travels west to take on UTSA. The Lady Toppers own a perfect 3-0 mark in
the all-time series against the Roadrunners, including a 2-0 win in Bowling Green