Rudd's Four Goals Net NWC Soccer Award

News Release Date:
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Jaclyn Rudd, a junior midfielder on the Whitman College women's soccer team, has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for women's soccer (offense).

Rudd, a two-year team captain, collected this week's award after booting four goals in two games last weekend.

Jaclyn Rudd

Rudd, who started the weekend with an NWC-leading six assists on the season, blitzed Lewis & Clark on Saturday with her first career hat trick as part of a 4-0 Whitman victory.

Her second goal of the day, coming with about five minutes left in the first half, when she wound up and launched a long, arching scoring strike from well outside the box.

Rudd added a fourth goal on Sunday, converting a penalty kick in the 82nd minute that triggered a late Whitman rally against first-place Linfield. That rally fell a few twists and turns short, however, allowing the Wildcats to escape with a 2-1 win.

"Jaclyn works so hard at developing herself and her play in this program," Whitman coach Heather Cato says.

"She has been a integral part of our midfield for the past two seasons. I was so proud to of her this weekend and look forward to having her on the field for more season."

Rudd, who has started all 19 games this season, is the team's second-leading scorer with four goals and six assists good for 14 points. She also started 32 of 37 games in first two seasons at Whitman, contributing four goals and three assists.

Whitman wraps up its 2011 season this Saturday with a noon game against Willamette in Salem, Ore.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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