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Brittany Popoff
1  Brittany Popoff

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Westbank, B.C.

High School:
Mount Boucherie Secondary

Height:
5-9

Position:
Goalkeeper

2006 (Junior)
Registered a 5-5-0 record with a 1.26 GAA in 12 games played ... ten of the appearances were starts ... four of the five victories came via the shutout, which helped the Miners break the single-season school standard for blankings ... turned away seven shots in 1-0 season-opening win at Air Force ... made three saves in 1-0 double-overtime triumph at Texas Tech ... came off the bench to record two saves and preserve the shutout against Sam Houston State ... recorded four saves in regular-season finale 4-0 win at Marshall ... denied only chance of the match in 2-0 whitewashing at Utah Valley State ... recorded a campaign-high eight stops in 2-0 setback at East Carolina ... started in the C-USA quarterfinal tilt versus Colorado College, posting four saves in heartbreaking 2-1 double overtime loss ... honored as the Optimist Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... named to C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and recipient of Academic Medal.

2005 (Sophomore)
Compiled a 20-4-1 record while posting a 1.12 GAA ... set school records for starts (25), wins (20) and minutes played (2167:59) ... tabbed second-team All-Conference USA and to the Third-Team of the Season by Top Drawer Soccer ... ranked second in C-USA in GAA, saves (115) and save pct. (.810) ... tallied five shutouts ... twice named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week in 2005 - one of only two players to earn multiple awards on the defensive side ... secured C- USA Defensive POW honors following the opening weekend of play as she allowed just one goal in 180 minutes with six saves in wins over North Texas (8/27) and Eastern Illinois (8/28) ... earned her second Defensive POW after holding Southern Miss (10/7) and UCF (10/9) scoreless while stopping all 11 shots on goal she faced ... corralled six shot attempts in the 3-2 overtime win over Texas (11/11) in the NCAA Tournament ... matched her career-high with 11 saves in a 2-1 overtime win at Houston (10/21) ... also stopped eight shots on three occasions ... named to the C-USA All-Tournament Team after turning away 14 shots for a 2.02 GAA and leading the Miners to their second conference title game ... five saves against No. 6 Cal (11/13) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... C-USA Commissioners' Academic Medal ... first-team academic all-district VI by CoSIDA.

2004 (Freshman)
Made 17 starts in goal, posting a 1.08 goals-against average in 1577:59 minutes ... made 76 saves for a .800 save percentage ... led the team to a 12-4-1 record while in goal and six shutouts, which ranked second in UTEP single-season history ... did not allow a goal in her first 167:28 minutes of action ... made her first career start against Northwestern State (9/3) and saved all 10 shots in a 1-0 win, becoming the first keeper in school history to record a shutout in her first career start ... won her sixth consecutive decision when she held Weber State (9/17) scoreless in a 2-0 UTEP win ... recorded six saves in a 0-0 2ot tie at Fresno State (10/1) ... two days later, she saved a career-high 11 shots in a 2-0 win at San Jose State (10/3) ... those two shutouts marked the first of back-to-back conference opponents since blanking Fresno State and Hawaii, Oct. 8 and 13, 2000 - a span of 29 conference games ... saw her career-best scoreless streak snapped at 260:52 in a 2-1 win over Hawaii (10/10) ... made five saves while facing 16 shots in UTEP's 3-2 overtime win over No. 20 SMU (10/22) ... faced 19 shots and saved five of the seven on goal in a 3-2 overtime win against Fresno State (11/4) in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals.

Mount Boucherie Secondary
A member of the Kelowna Stingers soccer club for seven years (U-12, U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18) ... coached by Doug Welder ... led the Stingers to the provincial championship three times (U-12, U-16 and U-18) ... the Stingers finished third nationally in 2002 ... also played volleyball and basketball at Mount Boucherie ... received the MVP Award and Most Outstanding Award in volleyball ... played club hockey with the Kelowna Midgett AAA Esporta Rockets .... helped the Rockets to a runner-up finish in the B.C. Provincials when she was 16 ... selected team captain a year later ... she also figure skated until she was 15 ... was named the top Physical Education student in grade 11 and 12 ... shared the top Psychology student award in grade 12 with teammate Angie Kleinfelder.

Personal
Full name is Brittany Rae Popoff ... majoring in criminal justice ...daughter of Chuck and Sharon Popoff ... has one brother (Broc-23) ... born Aug. 3, 1986, in Vancouver, B.C. ... favorite athlete is Trevor Linden ... lists playing in the national semifinals when she was 16 as her most memorable sports moment ... began playing soccer at six years old.

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