Creighton men’s soccer goalkeeper Brian Holt has been named the National Player of the Week by College Soccer News and also honored on the National Team of the Week by TopDrawerSoccer.com after a record-setting week in net. The senior posted two more clean sheets last week and has now played more than 719 minutes without allowing a goal this season, while extending his shutout streak to better than 739 minutes.
Holt stopped five shots against the second-highest scoring team in the nation last Wednesday, as he and his Bluejay teammates blanked No. 22 Kentucky 2-0. The Omaha native then turned away six shots by Saint Mary’s on Saturday to record his seventh solo shutout of the season in the 1-0 win, keeping the Bluejays unscored upon through eight matches to start the season.
He eclipsed his own school record for consecutive minutes played without allowing a goal, as he has now played 739:47 minutes since he last allowed a goal last year. That mark surpassed the scoreless streak of 722:12 he set as a freshman in 2008. The fifth-year keeper has moved his CU and MVC shutout record to 34 career clean sheets, while dropping his career goals against average to 0.69 – second-best in school and league history. He also captured his 44th career win last week, trailing only Jay Fitzgerald’s 53 victories in school history.
The Bluejays are the only team in the NCAA which has yet to yield a goal in 2011, as Holt’s 0.00 goals against average and perfect save percentage both lead the NCAA. Creighton (8-0-0) and Connecticut (8-0-0) are the only two remaining undefeated and untied teams in the nation.
Holt and the third-ranked Bluejays will look to improve upon their best start since 1993 when they start a four-game road trip this Friday night at national power Maryland (8-0-1).