Montana’s Camellia Xu named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week

(Editor’s note: University of Montana press release)

MISSOULA — Camellia Xu, who posted shutouts in both Boise State and North Dakota State as the Montana football team wrapped up its non-conference schedule, was named the defensive player of Big Sky conference week by the league office.

The second was honored for the first time this season. She was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week six times last fall en route to Big Sky Goalie of the Year and All-League First Team honors.

Xu, who made four saves, kept the Broncos out of the net Thursday at home. The 0-0 tie was Montana‘s fifth straight shutout against Boise State and extended the Grizzlies’ unbeaten streak against the Broncos to nine games, dating back to 2009.

Boise State had scored 10 goals in three games heading into Montana, including three in a road win over Oregon. The Broncos, who had only been shut out this season by Oregon State, scored four goals Sunday in an Eastern Washington shutout.

Xu made three saves Sunday as Montana blanked North Dakota State 3-0. After playing an intense 90 minutes in Thursday’s game, the Grizzlies gave Xu an offensive assist against the Bison, scoring in the eighth, 38th and 84th minutes.

The win was Montana’s first against North Dakota State since 2006. The Grizzlies had scored just one goal against the Bison in the teams’ three previous matchups.

Last week’s shutouts gave Xu six on the season, 17 for his career, a total that already ranks fourth in program history. She lowered her goals-against-average this fall to 0.70, which leads the Big Sky Conference.

Xu is tied for third nationally in shutouts, one ahead of NCAA leaders Maddy Anderson of Mississippi State and Payton Yates of North Alabama.

After allowing six goals in the first four games of the season – two each in Pittsburgh, Wyoming and Portland – Montana has allowed only one in its last six games, Fresno State in the 90th minute which allowed the Bulldogs to escape Missoula with a 1-1 draw. .

Montana, which has the Big Sky’s best RPI of 120, is 3-0-3 over its last six games and will lead that six-game unbeaten streak at the start of its Big Sky Conference schedule. which opens this week with games in Sacramento State and Portland State.

Comments are closed.