From a column by Andrea Canales:
A defender’s job, in the main, is to go unnoticed. Nearly every goal scored has involved some mistake, however small, on the part of the defense. If those mistakes are eliminated or even drastically reduced, it can smother the attacks of the opponents. Yet people often credit other factors. The forwards being shut out of chances will be considered as having an off day or something else that gives little credit to the work of the defender. Generally, the defender’s satisfaction at managing to stymie the attacker comes from private accolades from coaches and teammates because good defensive work rarely is lauded publicly.
As a defender, I unequivocally second this paragraph. I also agree its a shame that Joy Fawcett hasn’t been elected to the Soccer Hall of Fame with her teammates Hamm and Foudy, but as the paragraph above illustrates perhaps there’s a symmetry there.