Men's soccer defender Owen Griffith has been named Big Ten Defensive Player Of The Week, according to the league office. It is the first time of his career that he has grabbed the accolade, as he helped guide the Lions' defense to a 0-0 tie against West Virginia on Thursday night.
The sophomore played all 110 minutes as the defense limited the Mountaineers to just four shots on goal and 13 overall shots.
He was also a factor on the offensive side of things, as he registered three shots.
Griffith has started all five games so far this season for a Nittany Lions team that has recorded shutouts in three of their five games. The team has allowed four goals for a 0.80 goals against average, good for second best in the conference behind Indiana.
He is the second Lions' defender to the win the award this season, as Brian Forgue won the honor on August 27 for his performance in a shut out against Stetson.