Walker Selected as Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week

Junior goalkeeper earns second POW honor of career

After a notable performance between the pipes in Eastern's narrow 1-0 loss to Idaho, junior goalkeeper Jamie Walker of the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team was selected as the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week, announced Monday (Sept. 26) by the league office.

This is the second POW award of Walker's career, as she was also honored once during the 2010 season.

Walker, a native of Graham, Wash., collected a season-high nine saves in Sunday's game at Idaho. The Vandals took 24 total shots in the contest, but only managed one goal thanks to the relentless defense of Walker.

"Jamie did a great job for us - it was definitely her best game of the season," applauded EWU head coach George Hageage. "Something we always ask of our goalkeepers is to make that one save that keeps us in the game. She had a spectacular one off a corner kick that did that for us. But she was just really aggressive throughout the entire game."

"Being that we are so young in the back this year and haven't completely gelled in that area, we've asked a lot from our keepers," added Hageage. "That position has to be able to take care of the box, and Jamie really stepped up to the task this weekend."

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