AZUSA, Calif. -- The Pacific West Conference announced goalkeeper Chip Cox as the Men’s Soccer Defender of the Week after the junior led the Cougars to a 3-0 week with a combined 13 saves in 279:02 minutes of play.
Cox kicked the week off with his first shutout of the season in a 1-0 home win over Hope International on Monday, helping the Cougars avoid their first 0-3 start since 1984. He then went on to record six saves in the Cougars’ overtime win over the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets, one of which kept the match knotted at 1-1 in the 87th minute.
“I think this week Chip played great. He made some unbelievable saves that kept us in those games and allowed for us to take that win in overtime Thursday night,” said head coach Dave Blomquist. “His play over the last week has given the team a lot of confidence.”
Cox had three saves in Saturday’s match against Concordia which brought him to an .867 save percentage with 0.65 goals against average for the week. Cox has already recorded 24 saves in five matches this season, an increase from his 16 saves over his first five starts last season.
“I think just a year more of experience for him is making a big difference, but he’s always been a quality keeper in every game he’s played for us since freshman year,” said Blomquist.
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