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Lizzie Kish
Lizzie Kish

IRVING, Texas – Marshall junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week honors for her performance against Miami (Ohio), the conference announced Monday.

Kish picked up her fifth shutout (second consecutive) in eight games following the Thundering Herd's 1-0 defeat of the defending Mid-American Conference champions Sunday. She tallied three saves to snap Miami’s 25-match scoring streak.

After sitting out her freshman and sophomore seasons while recovering from ACL surgery, Kish has logged her first minutes as the Marshall goalkeeper with a 5-2-1 record. All five of Marshall's wins are shutouts with Kish in the net. With Kish at the helm, Marshall leads C-USA in goals allowed (five) and goals against average (0.60), and is tied for first in shutouts (five). This is her first career C-USA Defensive Player of the Week award.

“It’s exciting when you look at the image that our goalkeeper is making and the wins we’re getting,” Marshall coach Kevin Long said. “As a team, we’re sitting in a good position going into conference play. More importantly, when you look at [Kish] individually, you see that she’s really come a long way from tearing her ACL freshman year. She’s worked so hard to get where she is in her starting position and it’s really paid off.”

Kish is the first Herd member to garner C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors since goalkeeper Lindsey Kerns earned the title for the week of Oct. 10, 2011. Kish is the third Marshall keeper and fourth Herd player all-time to gain the honors.

The Herd looks to continue its momentum into Conference USA play, which opens Friday and Sunday versus Old Dominion and UAB, respectively, at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.