Illinois senior defender Jenna Carosio earned her first weekly award from the Big Ten Conference on Monday.
Oct. 10, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - University of Illinois soccer senior defender Jenna Carosio received Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week and Soccer America Team of the Week honors following Illinois' shutout of Michigan State. Carosio, the center defender for the Illini, helped hold the Spartans' dangerous offense in check for 103 minutes on Saturday, Oct. 8, as Illinois posted its fourth shutout of the season. Wisconsin' goalkeeper, Michele Dalton, shares the weekly conference honor with Carosio.
Carosio switched to center back prior to the start of her senior year to fill a hole created by the graduation of Danielle Kot and Krystin Miller, has been instrumental in organizing the Illinois defense throughout the 2011 campaign and proved especially vital to the Illini efforts against Michigan State. Carosio was largely responsible for keeping the Spartans' leading scorer and one of the most dangerous forwards in NCAA Division-I soccer off the scoreboard, holding Laura Heyboer to only one off-target shot on the contest.
These laurels mark the first of Carosio's career and first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award for an Illini since Miller earned the honor on Sept. 20, 2010. Miller also received Soccer America Team of the Week honors on Sept. 20, 2010, marking the most recent previous occasion and Illinois defender appeared on the Soccer America weekly award list.
Illinois continues its season with contests at Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium against Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Gophers come to Champaign for a game on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. CT while the Big Ten Network will air SoccerFest 2011 live on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. CT, with the Badgers facing the Illini as part of the event. Admission and parking for all home women's soccer contests is free.