Jorgensen's 2-0 week in net earns USA South Defensive Player of the Week accolades

Jorgensen's 2-0 week in net earns USA South Defensive Player of the Week accolades

Maryville College's Ryan Jorgensen earned USA South Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, as the senior keeper recorded a 2-0 record and a shutout.

Jorgensen led the Scots on their toughest USA South road trip of the week, as the Maryville, Tenn. native stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced on the weekend.

Maryville came out unscathed, as they currently hold first place within the USA South Western Division standings.

"He was good. He was really good," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "He's just got a look about him now, and he's always in the right position. He's seeing things that only a fifth-year senior sees. He's leading, and you know, he just looks like a goalkeeper at the very top of his game. Going into this last game, you're always excited to have great goalkeeping."

On Saturday, Jorgensen moved to 9-2-1 on the season, while helping Maryville to a 2-1 overtime thriller over Methodist University.

The senior keeper gave up an early goal in the 23rd minute before remaining perfect on his next five attempts to allow MC to rally.

Nate Long scored a penalty kick in the 73rd minute to knot things at 1-all, as the game would need extra time in order to be decided. Jorgensen turned away back-to-back shots by Lawson Lamm in the first four minutes of the overtime period before Randy Reichenberger's golden goal from Jace Burchfiel gave Maryville the 2-1 victory.

The Maryville High product had six saves in his 94:07 in net.

Finally, on Sunday, Jorgensen had a hand in his seventh shutout of the year.

Long had his second penalty kick goal of the weekend in 14th minute, as Jorgensen turned away each of the five shots he saw to preserve the 1-0 victory.

N.C. Wesleyan outshot Maryville 9-1 in the second half, as Jorgensen got a hand on each of the three Battling Bishop shots on goal.

"It was tough weekend," Fernandez said. "We always talk about if you get any points going out there, it's a good weekend. To come away with six points was a credit to that whole group. We knew they were going to come after us with everything they had in the second half. We were tired and beat up, but we dug our heels in. We found a way to keep them out of the goal with a combination of really good defense and Jorgensen making some top saves."

Each win counts as three points within the USA South standings. The Scots currently hold a slim, two-point lead over Covenant College in the Western Division.

This season, Jorgensen has allowed just 10 goals with 44 saves. He holds a .815 save percentage and a 10-3-1 record on the year.

In his three-year career, the keeper has recorded 186 saves at a .809 clip. He's given up just 44 goals, while holding a 0.87 goals per match allowed in 4,562:12 in net. He holds a career record of 42-9-2.

He will look to continue that streak, as the Scots play for a Western Division regular season title on Friday night. Maryville hosts William Peace University for Senior Night at 6 p.m.

A win would mark the third-consecutive regular season crown for Maryville.