ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Missouri Valley Conference has announced that Drake juniors Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) have been named the league's Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively.
Fisher is being honored for the first time in her Drake career, while Litch garnered a weekly league award for the third-consecutive week and fifth time as a Bulldog.
Fisher helped anchor a defensive unit that registered back-to-back shutouts over the weekend to extend the Bulldogs' shutout string to three-straight games. She was key in limiting Northern Colorado, in a 1-0 Drake victory last Friday (Sept. 14), to only four shots on goal en route to the clean sheet.
Fisher's biggest play didn't go into the stat column as the Bears slid into Litch at the 57:44 mark and poked the shot by her, but Fisher was there to clear a shot off the goal line and preserve the shutout.
Fisher again was at her defensive best versus Eastern Illinois (a 1-0 Drake victory) on Sunday (Sept. 16) spearheading a defensive unit that held the Panthers to only four shots on goal.
On the season, Fisher has helped guide the Bulldogs to four shutouts and owns three shots from her defender's position.
Litch extended her shutout streak to three-consecutive games with a pair of clean sheets and seven saves over the weekend to help Drake extend its winning streak to six straight.
In the Bulldogs' win over Northern Colorado, Litch became Drake's all-time leader in saves when her second of three saves pushed her past Jenny Schroeder (2006-08). Litch also compiled four saves in a 1-0 Bulldog' win over Eastern Illinois.
On the season, Litch owns 41 saves, while posting a 0.70 goals against average.
With her two wins and two shutouts last week Litch moved into second and third place all-time at Drake in shutouts (15) and wins (22), respectively. She also became the Bulldogs' all-time leader in minutes played against Eastern Illinois.
Drake (8-2) enters action this week looking to extend it six-game winning streak when the Bulldogs host UMKC on Wednesday (Sept. 19) at the Cownie Soccer Complex in the second annual "KICK Cancer Game" before opening MVC play against Missouri State on Saturday (Sept. 22). A victory over UMKC would enable Drake to equal the school record for consecutive wins (7) set during the 2003 and 2004 campaigns. Game times are slated for 7:00 p.m. both nights.