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Sept. 9, 1997

Westfall Among Regional Leaders

Despite starting the season 0-2-1, the Villanova Wildcat men's soccer team has displayed exceptional defense allowing just three goals with senior goalie Matthew Westfall (Sr., Medford, NJ.) serving as the strength of the defense.

In the first Mid-Atlantic Region Statistics of the season (Sept. 8), Westfall was ranked second in the region in goals against average, allowing just 0.82 goals a game. He is also presently ranked first in the Big East Conference in goals against average for overall games.

On Friday, Sept. 5, against LaSalle, Westfall shutout the Explorers in regulation and through two overtime periods in the Wildcats 0-0 tie. The shutout was Westfall's first of the season and third of his career.

Thus far in 1997, he has played all 330 minutes of the Wildcats three contests, stopping 19 shots and allowing just three goals.

Westfall, a senior from Bishop Eustace High School in Medford, N.J., became the Wildcats' starting goaltender in 1996 and was named the Big East's Defensive Player-of-the Week on Nov. 1, 1996. He finished the 1996 season with a 1.82 goals against average and totaled 132 saves for a .805 save percentage.