IRVING, Texas – Senior Allison Leone and sophomore Christina Bragado have been named
the C-USA Goalkeeper and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, as announced by
the conference office on Monday afternoon.
Leone’s honor is the third of her career, having previously been named the C-USA
Goalkeeper of the Week in back-to-back weeks last season on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10; the
honor also gives Leone the most weekly awards among WKU goalkeepers in program
history and matches Amanda Buechel’s mark for the most among all individual players.
For Bragado, the weekly award is the first of her career on The Hill and marks the
fourth C-USA Defensive Player of the Week award received by a WKU player since the
beginning of the 2016 season.
WKU picked up the pair of awards after battling to a 0-0 draw at Southern Miss last
Thursday evening. The Lady Toppers held the hot-shooting Golden Eagles well below
their season averages of 20.4 shots and 10.3 on goal, limiting them to just 14
shots, seven of which were on target. Through the end of Thursday’s match, the Lady
Topper defense has surrendered just three goals in its last 410 minutes of action
dating back to the Evansville match on Sept. 3.
Following the shutout on Thursday that saw her make seven saves, Leone now owns
three solo shutouts this season and 25 for her career to rank second in program
history. The Kennesaw, Ga., native has collected 44 saves in 839 minutes of play
this season and owns a 0.86 goals against average, the fourth-best mark among C-USA
goalkeepers in 2017.
Bragado has played every minute this season from her center back position, anchoring
WKU’s back line across 849 minutes of playing time. Against Southern Miss, the San
Diego, Calif., sophomore was one of only three field players on either side to play
the full 110 minutes, joining teammate Nicole Roseland and Ola Akinniyi of the
Golden Eagles. Under Bragado’s defensive leadership, WKU has not given up more than
two goals in a single match and has allowed only eight total goals in nine matches
Leone, Bragado and the Lady Toppers will be back in action on Thursday evening at 7
p.m. at the WKU Soccer Complex as they host C-USA foe Rice. WKU claimed its
first-ever win over the Owls in Houston last season, grabbing a 1-0 victory on a
15th-minute goal from former Lady Topper Iris Dunn. Following Thursday’s match, WKU
will round out the weekend on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. against North Texas; both
matches will feature free admission for all fans.