After notching his fourth straight shutout over the weekend, UW sophomore goalkeeper Alex Horwath has been named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.
The Woodbine, Md., native takes home his first career weekly conference accolade after leading Wisconsin to a 1-0 upset victory over No. 20 Gonzaga on Friday at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic. The sophomore matched his career high with five saves as he helped the Badgers to their second consecutive win over a nationally ranked opponent.
Horwath, who was given the day off on Sunday, now has four shutouts in five career starts with Wisconsin and has an active shutout streak of 366 minutes and 17 seconds.
While this is Horwaths first career Big Ten weekly award, it comes one week after he earned a spot on the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week.
Horwath marks the second straight week that a UW player has been honored by the Big Ten, as senior defender Nick Caronna (Brookfield, Wis.) was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week last Monday.
The Badgers return to the field Thursday night to take on UW-Green Bay at Santaga Stadium in Green Bay. The team then opens Big Ten action at Michigan on Sunday.