Merson receives national award

Jackie Gutknecht

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America named Georgia Southern University’s junior goalkeeper Katie Merson the Player of the Week yesterday.

The award is sponsored by Disney Soccer and is the first national award for Merson.

Merson helped lead the Eagles to the program’s first Southern Conference Championship on Sunday and won the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award. She made six saves in the Championship Game and has not allowed a single goal in her last 402 minutes of play. also named Merson to the Primetime Players of the Week. She is the second Eagle to receive that honor, joining Nora El-Shami on the list.

Merson is entering into the NCAA Tournament this Saturday against Wake Forrest University with 10 shutouts under her belt this year.

So far this season, Merson has tallied 101 saves and has played a total of 2091 minutes.

Merson entered GSU as a freshman where she played in all 18 games with 16 starts and made 60 saves while facing 183 shots. Her sophomore year she starred in 17 games with 16 starts and had a total of four shutouts and 79 total saves.