DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis junior goalkeeper Alexis Smith was named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon after helping the Aggies to a win in their conference opener and etching her name in the program's record book in the process.
Monday's award is the second career honor for the two-time All-Big West honorable mention selection, who became the first UC Davis honoree since Rachel Ahr on Oct. 18 of last season. Smith, who picked up her first award on Oct. 5, 2015, is one of only nine Aggie women's soccer players to earn a Big West weekly honor and the first to earn the award twice.
Smith performed magnificently between the pipes for UC Davis, tying a career high with 11 saves en route to her 17th career shutout -- tying the school record established by Kelly Parker (1997-00). The 11 saves tied her career high set earlier this season against then-No. 19 California on Aug. 27 and are the most stops by a Big West goalkeeper this year.
Nine of Smith's 11 stops on the day came in the second half as the Rainbow Wahine turned up the pressure, out-shooting the Aggies by a 13-3 count after the break. Coming off her line to make a number of point-blank stops, she made three key saves on attempts by Hawai'i leading scorer Sonest Furtado down the stretch.
Smith, a materials science and engineering major from San Jose, Calif., enters the week leading the Big West with 58 saves, 6.44 saves per game, and an .829 save percentage.
UC Davis closes out a five-match home stand on Thursday (Oct. 5) at 4 p.m., hosting Cal Poly in Big West play at Aggie Soccer Field.
ALL-TIME UC DAVIS WOMEN'S SOCCER BIG WEST PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sept. 3, 2007 - Sarah Peters
Sept. 8, 2008 - Danielle Contro
Sept. 7, 2009 - Marisa Boge
Sept. 14, 2009 - Rochelle Van Buskirk
Nov. 1, 2010 - Maria Magana
Sept. 12, 2011 - Lisa Kemp
Aug. 26, 2013 - Taylor Jern
Oct. 5, 2015 - Alexis Smith
Oct. 18, 2016 - Rachel Ahr
Oct. 2, 2017 - Alexis Smith
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