September 16, 2013

Plantz Named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week

Macon, Ga. – On the heels of two shutouts over the weekend at the Border Classic Tournament, USC Upstate senior goalkeeper Sarah Plantz (Cartersville, Ga.) was selected as the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Plantz, the reigning A-Sun Goalkeeper of the Year, becomes just the second Spartan in school history to earn A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week accolades since Upstate made the move to Division I in 2007, joining former Spartan standout Rachel Collins as the only two to earn the distinction. Collins was recognized as the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 11, 2010, following shutouts of Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast.

Plantz opened the weekend by recording three saves in helping Upstate post a 0-0 draw with South Carolina State on her way to her second shutout of the season. She followed that performance by tallying six saves, five of which came in the second half,  to preserve a 1-0 victory over tournament host Gardner-Webb to give Upstate its first ever victory over the Bulldogs and snap a six-match winless streak.

Following her performance over the weekend, Plantz stands tied for first in the conference in shutouts (3), second in goals against average (0.62), second in saves percentage (.882) and fourth in saves (30). In addition, Plantz hasn't allowed a goal in her last 279:59 minutes of action.

Plantz looks to continue her scoreless streak this weekend when the Spartans travel to Charleston, S.C., Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. to face Charleston Southern.

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