Maryville College Ryan Jorgensen earns his third USA South Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor, as the senior keeper posted a double-overtime shutout over William Peace University.
The thrilling victory clinched the USA South Western Division Regular Season Title for Maryville, as they now have won back-to-back-to-back conference regular season crowns.
This award marks the third of its kind for the Maryville, Tenn. native this season.
"I think it's very deserving. When you look across the conference at all the good defenders and great goal keepers out there, you see how outstanding he's been," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "It's a tough position with a lot of grind. We've been pretty stingy on shots this year, so it makes it even more difficult for a keeper on the mental toughness side. You're not seeing shot after shot after shot. So, he's got to stay tuned in, even if he isn't getting a lot of action. As a keeper, I think that is one of the hardest things to do. He's been able to consistently do that and step up to make the big saves when we need them."
Jorgensen tallied a trio of saves on the night against the Pacers, as he kept the Scots alive in the 1-0 victory.
The senior keeper posted a save in the first overtime, as Randy Reichenberger – this week's USA South Offensive Player of the Week – recorded his second Golden Goal in three matches to clinch the title.
Jorgensen moved to 11-3-1 on the season, as he tallied 104:39 in net on Saturday night.
"He's really been good this year," Fernandez said. "He's had a hand in eight shutouts, and he's on pace to be one of the top keepers to every play here statistically. He definitely is by the eye test, watching him on the field. That group of midfielders and defenders that are in front of him are really determined to not let the ball go in the net. You can get pretty excited about that going into tournament time."
On the year, this Maryville High School product has tallied a .825 save percentage. He's had five solo shut outs, while sharing a trio with fellow senior Luke Wheat.
In 1,299:20, Jorgensen has recorded 47 total saves. He's given up just 10 goals in 15 matches for a 0.69 goals allowed average.
This senior's three-year career has seen him dish out 189 total saves with a career .811 save percentage. He's given up just 44 goals in 55 career matches for 0.85 goals allowed average. In nearly 5,000 minutes, Jorgensen has a record of 43-9-2 that included 20 shutouts.
He looks to lead Maryville into the opening round of the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday night. The Scots host LaGrange College on MC's home pitch with a 6 p.m. first touch.