CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior goalkeeper Laurel Ivory (Surfside, Fla.) has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week it was announced by the league office on Tuesday (Oct. 15). It is the third time this season Ivory has been recognized for her defensive efforts with the weekly honor.
Ivory posted a pair of shutouts this past week as the Cavaliers played two road matches. Virginia played NC State to a scoreless draw on Wednesday (Oct. 9) before posting a 1-0 shutout at No. 5 Florida State on Sunday (Oct. 13). With the results, the Cavaliers remain one of two undefeated teams in the nation at 11-0-3.
In the win at Florida State, Ivory faced a career-high tying 14 shots and made four saves on all four shots on goal from the Seminoles. It marked the first time the Seminoles had been shut out this season and was the first shutout of the Seminoles in 23 consecutive matches dating back to the 2018 season.
Ivory has now posted clean sheets in five consecutive matches and has allowed only one goal in conference play with that goal coming on a penalty kick. She has not allowed a goal in the last 527 minutes of play since that penalty-kick goal conceded in the ACC opener at Wake Forest (Sept. 20).
Ivory and the Cavaliers will return to action this weekend, hosting Notre Dame in a 2 p.m. match on Sunday (Oct. 20). The match will be broadcast by ACC Network and it will be Senior Day with ceremonies recognizing the program’s seniors before kick.