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Athlete of the Week: UMD’s Emma Soderberg

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With only 12 games under her belt this season so far, UMD goalie Emma Soderberg is on pace to have a record year.

She says she credits her success by taking last year as a learning year.

"I didn't have a lot of playing time last year so it was mostly like focus on practice and continue to develop myself as a goalie every day," said Soderberg.

Soderberg ranks second in the nation when it comes to saves percentage and goals-against average.

Confidence is at an all-time high but so is her confidence in her defensive partners.

"We're doing a really good job of keeping the opponents to the outside and in front of the net picking up a lot of sticks. When the shots come in, I can just collect it. If there's a rebound they're taking the sticks away. I can just freeze the puck," added Soderberg.

If she keeps that up, she will be the only Bulldog goalie to have a goals-against average lower than 1.33 and a saves percentage higher than .948.

But that's not on her mind now, she simply just focuses on the little stuff.

"I just make sure that I keep doing the right things in practice. Get a good feeling so I know I'm prepared. So just paying attention to details in practice is what helps me on the weekend," said Soderberg.

Soderberg and the Bulldogs will have their first game since January 30th this Saturday when they take on Minnesota State. Puck drop is at 3:07 PM.

Neil Vierzba

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