Stanford's Epstein is Pac-12 Player of the Week in soccer


Stanford junior keeper Andrew Epstein was named Pac-12 Player of the Week in men's soccer for matches from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, the conference announced Tuesday.

The honor is Epstein's first, the first of the season for the Cardinal and Stanford's 22nd all-time player of the week selection.

Stanford tallied three shutout victories in seven days last week, winning at No. 18 Louisville (1-0) on Monday and at home against Northeastern (1-0) on Friday and VCU (2-0) on Sunday.

Epstein played all but 4:56 in goal in the three matches and lowered his goals against average to 0.25. Seven of Epstein's 23 career starts have been solo shutouts and he's played a hand in three others.

The Cardinal hasn't conceded a goal in the last 318:12, its longest stretch since 2007 (575:51).

Epstein, an All-Pac-12 second team selection in 2014, led the conference, was 43rd in the nation and finished seventh in Stanford single-season history in goals against average (0.86) a year ago. He was the first Cardinal to lead the Pac-12 in goals against average since 2007 and orchestrated a team defense which led the league in that category for the first time since 2002.

Stanford (3-1-0) moved up to No. 13 in the most recent NSCAA Coaches Poll and hosts San Jose State (1-1-0) at Cagan Stadium on Thursday night at 6 p.m. The Cardinal is 11-1-4 in its past 16 matches on The Farm. Over that time, Stanford has outscored its opponents at home, 28-10, and not allowed more than one goal in any of the 16 contests.

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Stanford's Jessica Chisholm was named America East Defensive Player of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

Chisholm (human biology) was instrumental in Stanford's two shutout victories this past weekend, both 1-0 defeats of Indiana and Miami (Ohio).

The senior from Tauranga, New Zealand, also scored the game-winning goal against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, a one-time effort on a penalty corner set play into the bottom right corner assisted by Maddie Secco. Chisholm's four shots were a team-high.

Chisholm's experience in the backfield has helped Stanford concede just four goals in as many games, all against top-five ranked opponents. Each of the contests have been decided by one goal.

Stanford returns to action this week with games against No. 15 Iowa, Saint Louis, and Kent State in Iowa City, Iowa.

— Stanford Athletics

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