Macon, Ga. – USC Upstate senior keeper Ellen Bright was selected as the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week for her performance Saturday in leading the Spartans to a shutout at NJIT, it was announced by the conference office on Monday.
Bright made four saves against the Highlanders to help Upstate register a 2-0 victory and start 1-0 in A-Sun play for the first time in school history.
“Ellen has been playing really well for us and I am glad to see her win this award because she is so deserving,” USC Upstate head coach Abby Minihan said. “I thought she was solid in her play on Saturday and made the saves she needed to make. We could all tell early on that NJIT was going to have to do something special to score on her.”
A first-time recipient of the award, Bright currently leads the A-Sun and ranks fifth in the nation with 75 saves. The Fort Mill, S.C., native has four games of at least eight saves, which includes 11 in two of her last three games.
“It’s an incredible feeling to have started conference play with a win and then win this award on top of that,” Bright said. “It feels good to be recognized, but I would be remiss to not give credit to my back line because they made my job easy.”
Bright is the first Spartan since Sarah Plantz in 2013 to be named the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week.
Upstate returns to the pitch Saturday at 6 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Nashville, Tenn., to face Lipscomb.