Nov. 13, 1997
Westfall Honored By South Jersey Coaches Association
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Villanova senior goalie Matthew Westfall was named the College Player-of-the-Year by the South Jersey Coaches Association, for his outstanding play throughout the 1997 season. Westfall will be honored at a banquet on Monday, Dec. 1, in Pensauken, N.J.
Tri-captain of the 1997 Wildcat soccer team, Westfall saved his best season for last, helping lead his team to their first Big East Tournament berth since 1993. Westfall started in 18 games overall this season, and recorded five shutouts. Playing in 1,786 minutes, Westfall saved 138 shots for a .885 save percentage. In that time, he allowed only 18 goals for a 0.91 goals against average.
In a Big East Conference packed with perennial national powerhouses, Westfall was even more spectacular. He tallied a 4-3-3 record in Big East play and recorded three shutouts. In 1,013 minutes, Westfall saved 77 shots for a .917 save percentage and allowed only seven goals for a 0.62 goals against average.
Westfall ranks among the best goalies not only in the Philadelphia Soccer 7, but in the Big East Conference and the Mid-Atlantic Region.
In the Philadelphia Soccer 7, he finished first in both save percentage and goals against average.
In the Big East, Westfall finished second in goals against average for both conference games and overall games.
Regionally, Westfall finished the season second in saves and third in goals against average in the Mid-Atlantic.