Jorgensen earns back-to-back USA South awards, not allowing a goal in 315:37

Jorgensen earns back-to-back USA South awards, not allowing a goal in 315:37

Maryville College's Ryan Jorgensen back-to-back USA South Defensive Player of the Week honors, after the junior goalkeeper recorded a pair of shutouts this week.

Jorgensen earned the honor last week, as the Maryville, Tenn. native has led the Scots to an 11-1 record thus far in net.

MC tallied a pair of shutouts on the week – thanks to both the defensive effort and Jorgensen in goal – as both matches took overtime for the victories.

"Ryan and the entire defense has really come in to form," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "Everyone in soccer knows that you have days when you can't score, so when your defense is stingy, you are always in games."

The 6-foot, 180-pound Jorgensen has led that defense, as Maryville has posted 359:04 without a goal. The junior has been in net for 315:37 of that, holding teams to only one goal over the last four matches. It came on a tough free kick just 1:27 into the game with Berea College.

This week, he played just over 200 minutes in net without allowing a goal on five shots.

In Tuesday's 1-0 win over non-conference Brevard College, Jorgensen had an impressive four saves to keep the Scots in the overtime victory. It took a Golden Goal from Michael Quatrano with 13 seconds left in the second overtime for the win.

Even more impressively, Jorgensen held Methodist University scoreless on Saturday in a key USA South contest. He recorded a save with numerous key punts in the match, while knocking away numerous cross and corner kick attempts in the box.

He kept MC in its second overtime match of the week, before Cody VanKerschaever took a Johnny Rakhmonberdiev pass for the win just 31 seconds into the overtime period.

Maryville's 11-1 start is the best in school history through the first 12 games. The Scots recorded 9-2 marks in 1994, 1995, 2003, 2008 and 2016, before extending last season's record to 18-2. It is only the second time MC has had just one loss through 11 games, as MC tallied a 10-1-1 record to begin 2015.

"Jorgensen's leadership has been an important component to our team," Fernandez said. "Because of his set of skills, he also allows us to take risks that most teams can't."

On the year, the junior has recorded a 0.67 goals against average, while holding a .840 save percentage. He's had a hand in five shutouts, completing four solo shutouts this season.

Jorgensen has had 42 saves in the 12 matches he's played.

He will look to Covenant College, as Maryville travels to Lookout Mountain, Ga. for the Battle of the Scots. The USA South match is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, before MC returns home on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The Scots will face the Bishops in a key conference match, as they host Senior Day on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m.