Florida Southern defender Jess Goedde is among the first Sunshine State Conference award winners of the 2017 season as the senior from Cincinnati, Ohio was selected as the SSC Women's Soccer Defensive Player-of-the-Week on September 4. It's Goedde's first Player-of-the-Week award in her career and the first for any Moccasin women's soccer player in the last three years.
Starting the season with two games in North Carolina, the Moccasins posted back-to-back shutouts of Chowan (0-0) and Mount Olive (3-0), marking the first time in team history they've started the year with consecutive shutouts. Dating back to the final game of 2016, it gives Florida Southern three straight shutouts overall, tying a school record set in October of 2007, and Goedde has been a starting defender in all of them. Last Friday she helped the Mocs limit Chowan to nine shots in 110 minutes before they turned in an even more dominating performance on Sunday against Mount Olive. In that one, the Mocs held the Trojans to only two shots, the lowest total allowed by a Florida Southern defense in five years.
Not only was Goedde a part of the Florida Southern defense in those two games, she was also a big part of the offense. She helped set up one goal and scored another in the 3-0 win over Mount Olive. It was the second goal of her career, and both have come in her last five games.
Goedde is the first Moccasin women's soccer player to earn a weekly honor from the Sunshine State Conference since Aubrey Riggins was the Offensive Player-of-the-Week on September 22, 2014. No Moccasin had been a defensive winner since October 15, 2012, when defender Morgan Sammons claimed that award.