Facusse named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week


Kevin Barajas, Noah Hutchins, and Andrew Mckelvey celebrate the game winning goal in extra time during the game against Eastern Tennessee State on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the match in extra time 1-0. Photo by Carter Gossett | Staff

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The freshman goalkeeper for the UK men’s soccer team, Enrique Facusse, has been named Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Week.

Facusse has played a big role in the Cats’ hot start this season. He recorded six saves in the first non-conference game of the season: an overtime home opener against Marquette.

The Honduran has only allowed one goal so far this season, and it came during the Cats’ double-overtime game against East Tennessee State University on Tuesday. He made two incredible saves as regulation came to a close and in the first overtime to keep UK in the game.

Facusse held his own at Memphis on Sunday with two saves, keeping a clean sheet. The freshman played in the first three games this season and has recorded 11 saves and two shutouts.

He is the first Cat to be named Defensive Player of the Week this season. Facusse is currently ranked 14th nationally and leads the C-USA with his 0.30 goals-against average in 295 minutes in goal through three games.

Thanks to Facusse’s efforts, the Cats started 3-0 and look to keep rolling as they head toward the conference schedule.

The Cats will play at Louisville on Tuesday and will play University of Alabama-Birmingham to begin the C-USA regular season at the Bell on Friday.