Senior Drew Mattingly has proven himself as a mainstay for the Forester defense. As of Sept. 15, the goalkeeper has logged 20 saves in seven games this season.
Head coach Russ Lawson said Mattingly’s play is “solid.”
“He is a high level, elite keeper,” Lawson said, “one of the best that’s come through the program.”
Mattingly has led the Foresters to a 4-3 record thus far. Thirteen of his 20 saves have come in three games. He logged four saves in the win against Mid-Continent University and four more in the loss to Rochester University. He logged another four in a losing effort to Holy Cross College on Sept. 12.
“Over the course of his four years he’s been here, he’s kept us in many games with his explosive, dynamic saves,” Lawson said. “Not only is he quick to make the game saving change, but he’s also fundamentally sound so that soft shots don’t go in.”
The Forester’s success on the pitch this season is partially attributed to Mattingly’s leadership.
“He’s a quiet leader,” Lawson said. “He leads by example. He has the respect of his teammates. He is one who will definitely lead by doing.”
The Foresters begin conference play Sept. 21 against Grace College at King Track and Field Stadium.
Results of the men’s soccer games can be seen on the university’s athletic website.
The Huntingtonian Athlete of the Month is separate from any selection made by the athletic department.