COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sophomore goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career, the Big Ten conference announced today. This is the Virginia Beach, Va. native’s first Big Ten weekly honor.
Hernandez has been a dominant goalkeeper for the Buckeyes. Last year, she recorded 60 total saves and has 24 through the first four games this season. She helped lead Ohio State to two shutout victories and a 3-1 record. Against James Madison and No. 11 Virginia, she played 117 total minutes, only missing three to create an offensive advantage for the Buckeyes in the last quarter against Virginia. She leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth nationally with an .852 save percentage.
This is Ohio State’s first Big Ten weekly honor of the year. The last OSU player to garner Defensive Player of the Week distinction was Liz Tamburro in 2017.