Oct. 24, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin goalkeeper Michele Dalton has been named co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the sixth time in her career and the second time this season, the conference announced. Dalton shares the award with Illinois goalkeeper Steph Panozzo.
Dalton recorded fives saves in a 5-1 win over Purdue and four saves in a 2-0 shutout against Indiana. The nine saves and her sixth shutout of the season contributed in helping Wisconsin to clinch a spot in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament.
She made diving saves all weekend, but none was more important than the penalty kick she saved against Indiana’s Orianica Velasquez to help Wisconsin hold onto a 1-0 lead.
In the 58th minute a foul was called on Wisconsin in the box. Velasquez, who played for Colombia in the 2011 Women’s World Cup, aimed for the lower left corner, but Dalton dove to her right to deny the attempt.
The last time Dalton won the award was on Oct. 10 when she set a season high with 11 saves and recorded a shutout win against Nebraska.
The six points from the two wins this weekend moved Wisconsin into a third place tie with Michigan State in the Big Ten standings with 18 points and a record of 10-5-3 (5-2-3).
Wisconsin returns to action this weekend with its final game of the regular season. UW plays at home against Iowa at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The game will decide Wisconsin’s seeding in the Big Ten Tournament as the Badgers can finish either third or fourth depending on the outcome for Michigan State.