LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday as announced by the conference office.
Esson earns the recognition for the second consecutive week and the seventh time in her decorated career.
The Christchurch, New Zealand native secured her league-leading 13th shutout of the season Friday as the Red Raiders blanked Texas 1-0 at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Esson enters the Big 12 Tournament riding a four-match shutout streak while allowing just one goal in the previous eight matches.
Esson serves as the anchor of the Texas Tech defense which enters the conference tournament second nationally in goals-against average allowing a total of just six in 19 matches. She concluded the regular season leading the Big 12 in four statistical categories.
Texas Tech opens play at the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday night when the No. 2-seeded Red Raiders face No. 7 seed TCU Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Kansas City.