MC's Jorgensen earns USA South honors after shutout in season lid-lifter

MC's Jorgensen earns USA South honors after shutout in season lid-lifter

Maryville College's Ryan Jorgensen earned USA South Defensive Player of the Week honors this week from the USA South Athletic Conference.

Jorgensen's accolade comes after the Scots' 3-0 shutout victory of Millsaps College on Friday night. It's the first shutout of the season for the senior keeper who had a hand in eight last season.

The accolade marks the fourth of its kind for Jorgensen in his Orange and Garnet career.

"He had a very good game on Friday against MIllsaps," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "He had a really good game. He looked like a senior keeper. [The Majors] didn't have a lot of chances, but the chances they had on crosses, he just dominated in the box. He just didn't look like he was in trouble at any time during the game, no matter what they did. It was a really good performance by him and the entire defense."

Jorgensen turned away a trio of shots in the season lid-lifter, as he played the entire 90 minutes in goal.

Fernandez hopes that Jorgensen's performance in the first game of the season is a big confidence boost going into the 2018 campaign.

"It's big," Fernandez said. "It's big, because that's something we talked about – limiting the number of goals that we're giving up. He's going to be a big part of that. That whole defense, after the first half, was really sharp, was on, and played really great together."

However, MC's goals allowed average was already stellar last season. The trio of Jorgensen, Luke Wheat and Deonta Kensinger combined for a 0.63 goals average in 2017. The Scots outscored opponents with a 2.42 tally.

Last year, Jorgensen had 74 saves in nearly 1,738 minutes in goal. The keeper held a 16-3-1 record, while allowing just 12 goals in 20 matches.

In Jorgensen's career, the talented stopper had posted 145 saves. The senior has 3,457:31 in goal for Maryville, while recording 145 career saves.

In all, Jorgensen has a .810 save percentage, while posting a 33-6-1 record in 41 games played. He holds a 0.89 goals against mark, allowing just 34 career goals.

The senior will look to lead the Scots into this weekend, as they host Sewanee for MC's home opener. First touch is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.