Jorgensen earns USA South Defensive Player of the Week, allowing just one goal in 277 minutes

Jorgensen earns USA South Defensive Player of the Week, allowing just one goal in 277 minutes

Maryville College's Ryan Jorgensen earned USA South Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after propelling the Scots to a 3-0 week.

The junior keeper allowed just one goal in three appearances, as he had a hand in a pair of shutouts on the weekend. Jorgensen has helped Maryville to a 9-1 start to the 2017 season that includes a 5-0 USA South mark.

The Scots are currently the only USA South squad with an unblemished record in conference play.

"He had two shutouts this weekend, and he was really instrumental in the win on Sunday," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said of the 2-0 win over the Colonels. "He had some great saves against a good Centre team, you know, and throughout the week, I think he only gave up one goal. It was a free kick from a pretty tough angle. He really looked the part of an All-Conference, All-South goal keeper this week."

With 227 minutes in net, Jorgensen tallied eight total saves on the weekend.

The first goal he gave up was just 1:27 into the match against Berea College, as Pedro Herrera added the unassisted goal on a free kick. From that point on, the Maryville, Tenn. native went more than 225 minutes without allowing a goal.

Jorgensen recorded the shared shutout on Saturday in USA South action, as the junior recorded a pair of saves.

However, the 6-foot, 180-pound goalkeeper also recorded a first in his career. In the 55th minute, Jorgensen earned his first assist of his career. He lofted a punt that bounced high over the LaGrange keeper, who was high out of the box. Bret Thomas found the back of the net with his first goal of the season, as Jorgensen recorded the roughly 80-yard assist.

"The assist is kind of rare for a goal keeper, but it was nice," Fernandez said. "He can absolutely crush it with his punts. It's just such a weapon. He hits them high, and he hits them long. It's just tough to deal with. Bret made a good play on it. He just took off sprinting, and you just expect the defenders to miss. When they missed, they were on their heels, and he just kind of went in and scored over the keeper's head. It would have one bounced into the 18. So, if you are kicking from 18 to 18, you know, he's punting the ball a good 75 to 80 yards in the air."

Finally, on Sunday, Jorgensen recorded five total saves in a 2-0 shutout over non-conference foe Centre College. The keeper kept the Scots in the contest, as Maryville's offense was unable to score until the 75th minute of action.

Jorgensen will look to keep the Scots' winning ways, as they travel to Brevard College on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The non-conference match is set for 6 p.m., before Maryville will host a key USA South weekend on Oct. 7 and 8.

The Scots will face Methodist University (8-3-1, 4-1 USA South) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. before taking on N.C. Wesleyan College (5-5, 4-1) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.