BOCA RATON, Fla. - Jennifer Ocampo, of Florida Atlantic University women's soccer, was chosen as the most recent Conference USA Goalkeeper of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday.
For the second time this year, the redshirt junior and Pembroke Pines native earned this weekly accolade. The first came after a pair of shutouts as named on Aug. 28, combining for eight saves in the two wins; this past weekend, she matched that total in one match, a 1-0 win over UTEP.
Sunday's win was also Ocampo's sixth shutout of the year for a pivotal three points, moving the Owls into a tie for seventh place in the C-USA standings. Her eight saves was just one off her season and career high (nine versus Florida), and was the most she turned away since Sept. 3 (also eight, against Kent State). It also was the most saves she has ever earned in a victory.
"It's an honor to receive recognition, but our success this weekend was a total team effort," said Ocampo. "We came up with an important win that will help us in a big way going into our last game of the regular season. The backline was tremendous and our centerback, Alex (Maxson), got the game-winning goal which was very deserving. We're looking forward to the last game before the C-USA Tournament."
Ocampo joins Maya Hoyer (Rice) and Allison Leone (WKU) as two-time recipients of the award this season, while UAB's Kelsey Daugherty was chosen three times. Ocampo's six shutouts trails only Hoyer's eight in C-USA, and she ranks third in the league with 83 saves.
"Jenny's performance on the weekend was deserving of this recognition by Conference USA," said Goalkeeping Coach Michael Crane. "Her contributions the entire season both on and off the field have been tremendous, but I'm glad to see her performance being rewarded with such a prestigious award. Jenny and Bri (backup Brianna Waggoner) have been working extremely hard this year in training and their collective effort is deserving of this award."
"Jenny's performance Sunday versus UTEP, in a key conference matchup, and her recognition by Conference USA today is great to see," added Head Coach Patrick Baker. "She has been good all year, but yesterday handled everything cleanly and had a pretty strong kicking game. Jenny continues to develop and grow under Coach Crane's tutelage, plus her leadership this season on and off the field has been instrumental in the team's success. She and the team now have back-to-back C-USA shutouts as we prepare for FIU this Friday evening. I'm excited for Jenny and her teammates; the individual recognition is justly deserved and great for the program."
The Owls wrap the regular season Friday night at 7 p.m., on the road in Miami against FIU. The Conference USA Championship begins Wednesday, Nov. 1 at FAU Soccer Stadium.