UTEP sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Palacios has been selected as the Conference USA Women’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday. It is the second time this season that she has been so distinguished. The last Miner GK to earn multiple weekly honors from the league office was Chandra Morden in 2010.
Palacios helped the Miners (7-1-2) post consecutive shutout victories against Nevada (W, 2-0, Sept. 16) and UTRGV (W, 1-0, Sept. 18), making four saves in each contest.
“We are very excited about Alyssa being recognized for her outstanding play this weekend,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “Alyssa has been outstanding all season long, and was again exceptional this weekend. Alyssa consistently makes that one or two big saves a game that is needed to win a tight match as she did this weekend. She does not want to ever let her teammates down. We wouldn’t be in the position we are now if it wasn’t for the stellar play of Alyssa.”
In the match-up with the Vaqueros, Palacios’s best stop came in the waning minutes of action. She made a sensational diving stop on a shot (88’) from six yards out by Sarah Bonney. Another memorable save occurred just seven minutes into the contest, when she used her left hand to push an upper 90’s shot from Diandra Aliaga over the bar. She then punched away the ensuing corner kick service.
Palacios turned away all four chances in helping guide UTEP past Nevada, including one on a shot that led to a corner kick.
Palacios and the rest of the Miners will be idle on Friday before kicking off their 10-game Conference USA slate by playing at UAB (12 p.m. MT, Sept. 25).
The contest will be the first of three straight away from home to christen league play, something UTEP hasn’t done since 2012 (four in a row.)