SEWARD, Neb. – After adding another shutout to her career total, senior Lindsey Carley has been named the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, as announced on Tuesday (Nov. 17). Carley is the third different Bulldog to collect this award in 2020, joining sophomores Grace Soenksen (Sept. 29) and Allee Downing (Oct. 20). Carley picked up three GPAC Player of the Week awards in 2017, in addition to an NAIA National Player of the Week honor.
Strong collective defensive play as a team has helped take pressure off of Carley this fall, but the native of Urbandale, Iowa, made two saves in last week’s 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten Briar Cliff. The clean sheet marked the sixth of the season for Carley, who has started all 13 games and has logged all but 53 minutes in goal in 2020. On the season, Carley has made 34 saves, owns an .810 save percentage and ranks 25th nationally in goals against average (.630).
Named the 2017 GPAC Defensive Player of the Year, Carley will go down as one of the top keepers in the history of the program. On the program’s all-time goalkeeper record book, Carley ranks No. 1 in goals against average (0.91), second in games played (67), second in minutes played (6,113), second in shutouts (22), second in save percentage (.811) and third in saves (266).
Carley and the Bulldogs (9-3-1, 9-2-1 GPAC) have finished conference regular-season play and will wait until the spring semester to resume action. Concordia still has an outside shot at a share of the GPAC regular-season title. It needs Hastings to defeat Briar Cliff and Briar Cliff to defeat Morningside.