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Dec. 10, 1997

Westfall Receives All-Region Honors

Villanova, Pa.-- Villanova goalie Matthew Westfall was named to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region second team on Wednesday, Dec. 10, for his outstanding play during the 1997 season.

Receiving All-Region honors, Westfall adds to his already long list of 1997 post-season honors which include the Philadelphia Soccer 7 All-Star team and the South Jersey Coaches Association College Player-of-the-Year. A senior from Medford, N.J. and Bishop Eustace H.S., this season Westfall led the Wildcats to their first Big East Tournament appearance since 1993.

Starting in 18 games on the season, Westfall allowed only 18 goals in 1,786 minutes for a 0.91 goals against average and saved 138 shots for a .885 save percentage. Tallying a career high five shutouts in 1997, he led the Wildcats to a 6-9-5 record.

In the Big East Conference, Westfall was even more spectacular leading Villanova to a 4-4-3 record and a spot in the eight-team Big East Conference Tournament. Starting in 10 games in conference play, Westfall allowed only seven goals in 1,013 minutes for a 0.62 goals against average and saved 77 shots for a .917 save percentage. He also totaled three shutouts on the season, shutting out Big East power Connecticut along with West Virginia and Providence.

In addition to setting career highs in every goalkeeping category, Westfall also ranked among the leading goalkeepers in the Philadelphia Soccer 7, the Big East Conference and the Mid-Atlantic Region.

He finished first in both goals against average and save percentage for the Philadelphia Soccer 7, and second in the Big East in goals average for both overall and conference games. Within the Mid-Atlantic Region, Westfall ended the year second in saves, while finishing third in goals against average.

For his Wildcat career, Westfall started in 41 of the 44 games he played in, saving 304 of the 370 shots he faced for a .822 save percentage. He also allowed only 66 goals in 4,000 minutes of work for a 1.49 goals against average.