Sept. 17, 2012
MADISON, Wis.-- Freshman keeper Chase Rau was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Big Ten on Monday, the first time this year that the award has gone to a Badger.
The honor goes to Rau based on a stellar performance in the UIC Soccer Classic, in which he posted two consecutive shutouts against Western Illinois and IUPUI. The shutouts were the first two of his career, and Rau has not given up a goal in his last 222 minutes in the net.
The freshman made four saves in both games over the weekend. He was at his best in the clutch, making two saves in extra time against Western Illinois to keep the Leathernecks off the board.
It is the first award for Rau as a Badger, and the first time that a Wisconsin player has been named a Big Ten Defensive Player of the week since Max Jentsch took the award on Oct. 17, 2011.
Rau will look to extend his scoreless minutes streak when the Badgers return to the pitch on Friday night for their Big Ten opener against Penn State. Kickoff at the McClimon Soccer Complex is set for 7:30 p.m.