PASADENA, Calif. – Caltech sophomore goalkeeper, John David Feist, has been named the SCIAC Male Co-Athlete of the Week. The weekly award is voted on by each of the conferences nine athletic departments.
Feist has been instrumental in Caltech's competitiveness all season long. His 66 saves lead the SCIAC, and he helped the Beavers earn three straight first half shutouts against conference foes (La Verne: 5 SOG, 3 saves; Pomona-Pitzer: 7 SOG, 6 saves; Chapman 10 SOG, 9 saves).
"It's a great honor to be selected as athlete of the week," Feist said, "and I am very happy to perform for my team."
The matches with the Leopards and Sagehens were narrow losses, 2-1 and 1-0, respectively. At Chapman this past Saturday, JD came up big when he stopped a penalty kick, a save that eventually allowed Caltech to earn its first point in conference with a 1-1 tie.
"JD has been terrific all season long," said head coach Rolo Uribe, "and the recent games prove how much better we are as a team from last year."
Feist's performances have been remarkable considering the number of shots the Beavers have defended. His 13 saves at CMS are a season-high, and heading into Monday's game, Caltech had given up 17 fewer goals in comparison to this time last year.
Feist was active and noteworthy against Cal Lutheran and Redlands earlier in the season. On a weekly basis, save after save, he continues to keep the Beavers in games.
"Coach Nick has been a tremendous help as our goalkeeper coach," Feist added. "The coaching staff in general has been really good as well. I have been extremely motivated this entire season by how well the team is playing and extra motivation is the fight in our team and will to play 90 minutes of good soccer."
As Coach Uribe continued to praise JD for his leadership on and off the field, he mentioned his versatility: "If we had more depth, he could play in the field as a striker. "
It's a particularly special occasion considering nobody from Caltech soccer has been named athlete of the week in six years. The last Beaver to earn the weekly award was Tyler Volkoff in 2008.
"It's cool to be recognized," said Feist.
"Our success has been the backline and JD in goal," added Uribe.
Caltech next hosts Occidental this coming Saturday for a 4 pm start.