Moran earns Big Ten award for Iowa soccer

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 23, 2011 7:20 AM

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After recording two wins to start the 2011 Iowa soccer season, Hawkeye goalkeeper Emily Moran was recognized Monday by the Big Ten.

Moran earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after she helped lead the Black and Gold to wins over DePaul and Southeast Missouri State.

Moran recorded her 14th career shutout in a 3-0 win against DePaul on Aug. 19. Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Southeast Missouri State made her the Hawkeyes all-time leader in wins, with 24.

The native of Kent, Ohio, is Iowa’s first soccer Defensive Player of the Week since Stephanie Swanson earned the award in November 2007.

Also receiving honors were Vanessa DiBernardo, a sophomore midfielder from Illinois, and Taylor Uhl, a freshman forward from Minnesota.

DiBernado was named Offensive Player of the Week after leading her team to consecutive 5-1 wins over Gonzaga and Toledo. She tallied eight points on four goals.

Uhl was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after scoring a hat trick and an assist in a 5-0 win over South Dakota State.

— by Ben Wolfson Follow DI soccer reporter Ben Wolfson on Twitter.

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