Nov. 3, 2008
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer player Ashley McRoberts (Merrimack, NH) has been named Little East Conference Women's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week for her play during the week of October 27 to November 2, it was announced today by the conference. It's the second time this season she has earned the award, having taken the honor for the week of September 29 to October 5. The accolade also marks the third Goalie of the Week award this season for the Beacons. Junior Courtney Haroules (Littleton, MA) was also named the top keeper for the week of September 15-21.
McRoberts enjoyed, arguably, the best week of her career, allowing just one goal in 200 minutes of action over two matches for a 0.45 goals against average. The sophomore was unflappable in the net, stopping 23 shots for a .958 save percentage. The diminutive keeper allowed just one goal and turned away 12 shots in 110 minutes of action to preserve a double overtime tie at Framingham State College on October 28 and made 11 saves vs. Plymouth State University to earn her second shutout of the season on November 1.
The Merrimack High School product has been outstanding in her last four matches, allowing just one goal in her last 321:25 of play for a miniscule 0.28 goals against average, while stopping 30 shots for a .968 save mark. She leads the team with 13 matches played, including nine starts on the season, and has seen action in 921:17 minutes, while owning a team-low 1.76 goals against average, which is the lowest in a season for any keeper in school history. The second-year goalie ranks fifth in the league in GAA and her .811 save percentage is the third-most efficient among LEC keepers and the second-best mark in school annals. She also has a pair of shutouts on the year to stand fifth in the conference and her 5.92 saves per game also put her fifth in the league. McRoberts has allowed two or fewer goals in all but two matches she has appeared in and has made five or more saves on eight occasions, including three matches with 10 or more.
McRoberts career has seen her play in 23 matches, starting 15 of them, while maintaining a 2.29 goals against average and a .790 save percentage. Her 1612 career minutes played places her fourth on the UMB career list, while her 154 saves put her seventh. She is tied for second with six career victories and her match total is the fourth-most for a keeper at UMass Boston.
The Beacons are currently 7-10-2 on the season, including a 3-3-1 mark in Little East Conference play to give them 10 points and the number four seed heading into the LEC tournament. UMass Boston has already set a school-record for victories and will play its first-ever playoff game when it hosts number five seed University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Tuesday, November 4 in the league quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.