Hurley Garners Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week
Oct. 10, 2011
IRVING, Tex. - Memphis men's soccer goalkeeper Conor Hurley has been named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week by the conference office. Hurley earned the honor after posting a 3-0 shutout of C-USA-foe FIU on Saturday.
Hurley recorded five saves in the match in order to preserve the clean sheet. He was aggressive from the onset of the match, clearing multiple crosses from the Panthers. Hurley's vocal presence was instrumental in holding FIU to a mere eight shot attempts on the night.
The shutout is Hurley's third on the season, while he boasts a 1.25 goals against average and 29 saves. The sophomore goalkeeper has six wins on the season, tying him with Michael Goodlet's six wins in both 2008 and 2009 as the most since Tyler Strom's nine wins in 2007.
The Dublin, Ireland-native came to Memphis after transferring from Lambuth University, where he posted a 12-5-2 record as a starter. Hurley's honor is the first for the men's team this season and the first accolade for a Tiger since J.J. Greer was named Defensive Player of the Week in the final week last year.
With Hurley's efforts, Memphis improved to 6-3-1, 1-2-0 C-USA, on the season. The Tigers' six wins this year have surpassed the win total from 2010.
Memphis returns to action Tuesday evening against Nebraska-Omaha. Game-time is slated for 6 p.m. CT at Mike Rose Soccer Stadium.