LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2017) – Freshman goalkeeper Joe Como (Glen Cove, N.Y. / Friends Acad.) has been named SCIAC Newcomer of the year for men's soccer, as voted on by the conference's coaches.
Como succeeded J.D. Feist '17, 20th on the all-time NCAA saves list and rose to the occasion with a conference leading 159 saves to go along with a .710 save percentage that was an improvement on Feist's total from last year. Como was instrumental to the Beavers' lone victory of 2017, a 4-0 shutout win over Providence Christian College and the freshman utilized his athleticism and soccer IQ to keep the Beavers in several tight SCIAC games which included a 2-1 overtime loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Occidental College in which the Tigers' only goal came on a penalty kick.
"We knew Joe had the potential to be a top college goalkeeper very early in the recruiting process," Head Coach Phil Murray said. "He ticks the boxes physically, has great technique, both with the ball at his feet, and making saves, and a clear, calm demeanor that exudes confidence. There are some fantastic freshman across the conference having tremendous impacts on their program, and for Joe to be recognized with this award speaks to the level of performance he has been able to deliver consistently throughout the season.
"I couldn't be happier for him, and am confident he will continue to play a huge role in the future success of program."
Como joins sophomore forward Kevin Yu (Park Ridge, N.J. / Park Ridge), a Second Team All-SCIAC recipient as honorees in the conference's yearly award selections.