BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic women’s soccer team had two of its members earn Conference USA honors on Monday afternoon, with Jennifer Ocampo meriting Goalkeeper of the Week while Ebba Blomqvist was chosen as Defensive Player of the Week.
The two Owl upperclassmen played the entire 180 minutes of an undefeated weekend, combining to allow zero goals in the team’s two wins. All told, FAU’s opposition attempted only 19 shots, with just eight on goal, all saved successfully by the redshirt junior Ocampo. Blomqvist, also a junior, added the game-winning score on Friday night in a match the team would eventually win 3-0.
“I feel honored to receive this award, but I wouldn't have been able to be in contention for this award if it wasn't for the hard work of my teammates and the dedication from the coaching staff,” said Blomqvist. “This award is therefore a reward for the entire team, and for the support people around the squad, who are making it possible for us players to perform at our best.”
“I’m excited for Ebba to gain some recognition for her efforts over the past weekend versus Eastern Michigan and Valparaiso,” said Head Coach Patrick Baker. “She and the other members of the defense did a pretty good job at limiting our opponents’ quality opportunities in both games. Ebba scored the game-winner on Friday and she was also named to the FAU Adidas Owl Classic All-Tournament team this weekend. We lost one of the best centerbacks in C-USA last year, but Ebba has come in and played at an extremely high level.”
“It's an honor to receive recognition like this but our success this weekend was a total team effort,” said Ocampo. “Our backline made my job easier by limiting chances. Each week we look to improve, so we're excited about this season's start and where we can go the rest of the season.”
“Jenny’s performances over the weekend and her recognition by Conference USA today are a direct correlation to her continued commitment to her development,” said Goalkeeping Coach Michael Crane. “Over the past three years she has invested heavily into her craft as a goalkeeper and earned the confidence of her teammates and coaches. Along with her playing ability, her leadership this season has been instrumental in the team’s current success and I only expect both her and the team’s success to continue.”
The Owls will take the field twice against next weekend, in Fort Myers, in a showcase hosted by FGCU. They will match up against Liberty Friday at 4:30 p.m., and conclude the tourney against Kent State, Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.