MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 27, 2021) – After tallying a pair of career-best performances last week, junior goalkeeper Kayza Massey of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team has been named the United Soccer Coaches Division I National Player of the Week, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The Ottawa, Ontario, native tallied a career-high seven saves against Texas on Oct. 21, before matching the career-best mark at Baylor on Oct. 24, to help the Mountaineers earn a pair of scoreless draws in double overtime. The totals topped her previous career high of five, which she set during the 2020-21 campaign at No. 12 Virginia on April 10, 2021. Massey’s seven stops at Texas and Baylor also marked the most for a WVU goalkeeper since Rylee Foster made eight against the Bears on Oct. 3, 2019.
“Kayza is so deserving of this award after the performances she put forth last week,” WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “With us having three starters out to COVID last week, she stepped up to the challenge and got her job done. I am so proud of Kayza for all her hard work and focus this season.”
The honor continues a big week for Massey, as she also was named the Big 12 Conference’s and TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Goalkeeper of the Week on Tuesday and the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday. She becomes the first Mountaineer to earn the national honor since senior forward Alina Stahl garnered the award on March 30, 2021.
Along with the netminder’s back-to-back, seven-save performances, Massey also earned a pair of shutouts against the Longhorns and Bears last week, marking her sixth and seventh clean sheets of the season. The shutouts extended WVU’s clean sheet streak to three in a row, dating back to Oct. 17. Combined, the shutouts moved the Mountaineers defense’s total to nine on the season.
Also of note, Massey leads the Big 12 and sits No. 25 nationally with seven shutouts on the year. The Mountaineer netminder also sits No. 16 in the nation and No. 2 in the conference with a 0.575 goals-against average.
West Virginia returns home to Morgantown on Thursday, Oct. 28, to host Oklahoma State in its final regular-season contest. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, and it also will be the Mountaineers’ Senior Night, as they honor four senior members of the squad following the match.
Press Release: WVU Athletic Department