SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Western Carolina women’s soccer freshman goalkeeper Melody Mezzina has been named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office today for all competition Sept. 10-16.

Mezzina earns her first career honor after helping Western Carolina to a 2-0 week. The Catamounts downed High Point, 2-1, on Sept. 12 and Radford, 1-0, on Sept. 15.

The freshman goalkeeper started in both contests, playing all 90 minutes in each. She allowed one goal on a penalty kick against High Point but tallied six saves on nine shots faced. The native of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, earned a shutout against the Highlanders, Radford’s first game held scoreless all season, and added another two saves in the win. Mezzina is in the top five amongst league players in shutouts (two), shutouts per game (0.50) and goals-against average (1.25).

Mezzina becomes the first freshman goalie to receive a conference weekly award since former Catamount standout Caitlin Williams garnered the award in 2007. Williams went on to win the weekly award three times in her WCU career.

Western Carolina returns to action at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday traveling to in-state rival UNC Asheville.