PHILADELPHIA – Freshman goalkeeper Bobby Edwards made nine saves and posted two clean sheets in a 1-0-1 week for the Saint Joseph's men's soccer team to be named the Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Rookie and Philadelphia Soccer Six Rookie of the Week, it was announced today. This is the third Soccer Six honor and second Soccer Six Rookie of the Week honor for Edwards and the first league honor of the freshman's collegiate career.
On Wednesday evening against Siena, Edwards made three first-half saves en route to blanking the Saints for his second collegiate shutout.
Edwards went on to make a season- and career-high six saves in SJU's scoreless draw with NJIT on Saturday evening.
NJIT put offensive pressure on the Hawks early in the second half, as Ansel Ueshiro and Marko Drljic launched back-to-back shots on goal just 14 seconds apart in the 58th minute of play. However, Edwards made the pair of saves, and two more in the 64th and 78th minute. The rookie had additionally made two first-half saves.
Edwards owns a 3-0-3 record to go with a Soccer-Six leading 0.32 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 568:21. The rookie currently ranks fifth nationally in GAA (.317) and seventh in save percentage.
The Hawks now stand at 5-1-3 overall for a .722 winning percentage, which marks the program's best start throughout the opening nine matches of a season since 1993. In the past seven-match stretch, the Hawks have gone 4-0-3, which is the program’s longest unbeaten stretch throughout seven matches in 41 years - since the 1973 team went 5-0-2.
Edwards and the Hawks (5-1-3) return to action this Tuesday, September 30 in a Philadelphia Soccer Six matchup at Penn. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Rhodes Field.
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