BERKELEY – On the heels of Emily Kruger’s (Woodside, Calif.) career-high 11-save performance against Santa Clara, the senior keeper was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Stanford's Courtney Verloo is the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.
“Emily has been rock solid all season and was spectacular against Santa Clara,” said Cal head coach Neil McGuire. “This is a well-deserved honor and we are happy for her.”
Against the Bears’ first ranked opponent of the season, the No. 22/13 Broncos at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Kruger produced a magnificent 11-save performance to send Cal into a 1-1 double overtime draw and ultimately keep the Bears’ seven-game undefeated streak alive. After a 4-2 win vs. St. Mary’s on Sunday, Cal is now unbeaten through eight games in its best start since 2000.
Kruger has notched 28 saves this season with a .800 save percentage and allowed just seven goals with two complete shutouts.
This is the second-career weekly honor for Kruger and the 26th overall for Cal.
The Golden Bears open Pac-12 play this weekend with a match at Utah on Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. PT.