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SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Spring Arbor University goalkeeper Ashley Timmons (Toledo, OH / Lake HS) has been selected as the NAIA National Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, announced the national office on Tuesday.


It is the second consecutive week a member of the Cougars has been recognized with the national award after Aubrey Schierbeek received the honor last week.


Timmons finished with a career-high seven saves to help lead No. 1 ranked Spring Arbor past No. 8 Martin Methodist College 3-0 on Friday (9/16). Martin Methodist is one of the best attacking teams in the country and features one of the NAIA’s leading scorers, but Timmons and the Cougars were up to the task, holding the Redhawks scoreless.


“Ashley has been very solid in goal for us this season,” said head coach Jason Crist. “She is hard-nosed, sure-handed and vocal, all great qualities in a goalkeeper. Her performance against Martin Methodist was crucial in neutralizing one of the best attackers in the country so far this year.”


Timmons, who also earned her second Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Week honor this week, has registered four shutouts this season, and has allowed just one goal in over 530 minutes of action. She currently ranks second in the country with a 0.17 goals against average.


Spring Arbor (7-0-0) begins Crossroads League play against the University of Saint Francis (4-4-1) on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Cougar Soccer Complex.

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