Men’s Soccer Goalkeeper Turns in Record-Setting Performance

September 18, 2009

To say that goalkeeper Victor Kashouh (Providence, RI) was impressive in his first game for the Wheelock men's soccer team is an understatement. Though the Wildcats fell 9-0 to Suffolk University in the first men's soccer game in school history, Kashouh recorded 29 saves—the most by a goalkeeper in NCAA Division III men's soccer since 2007. Additionally, Kashouh is now tied for 15th for the most saves in a men's soccer game at the Division III level.

Kashouh's performance becomes even more astounding when put in the context of his experience. The keeper hadn't played soccer before last week.

"Vic's first touch of a soccer ball came days before we played Suffolk," head coach Sercan Fenerci said. "He never played keeper before, but I knew him from last year while I coached him in basketball. He is one of the hardest working athletes I've ever known."

Kashouh was the busiest player on the field in Monday night's opener against Suffolk, as the Rams recorded 64 shots against the Wildcats, spending much of the time on Wheelock's side of the field. But the six foot Kashouh was tough, allowing only three goals in the first half while recording 18 goals.

Fenerci, who is also the assistant men's basketball coach at Wheelock, worked with Kashouh during Kashouh's freshman year on the men's basketball team, and knew his athleticism would be an asset to the soccer team.

"I knew that he was athletic enough to play keeper even though he never played before and in the first practice he proved that," Fenerci said. "He is going to be a big support to his teammates who realized that they have a true keeper on the back line."

Kashouh and the men's soccer team will get the opportunity to play for the home crowd on Sunday, September 20 when Southern Vermont College travels to Pine Manor College (Wheelock's home venue) for a 1 p.m. match.

 

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