Sept. 22, 2003
Kevin Goldthwaite, a junior defender on the University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team (4-1-2), earned two weekly awards on Monday after a great week of soccer during Notre Dame’s two victories last week. He was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, as well as landing a spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week.
Goldthwaite notched the game-winning goal during double overtime in Notre Dame’s 1-0 victory over in-state rival #18 Indiana. The junior from Sacramento, Calif., dominated his side of the field against Indiana and West Virginia (Notre Dame’s other 1-0 victory last week). Moving up to attack at selected times, Goldthwaite managed five shots (tied for tops on the team last week) including a header and shot off the crossbar against West Virginia.
Goldthwaite also played a hand in Notre Dame’s game-winning goal over West Virginia. His throw-in deep into the Mountaineer penalty box bounced around until teammate Devon Prescod corralled the ball and eventually scored his fourth goal of the season.
The BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week award is the second of Goldthwaite’s career and third BIG EAST weekly award in the last three seasons (he earned defensive honors on Sept. 9, 2002, and rookie of the week accolades on Nov. 5, 2001). He earns a spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week for the second time in his career, after earning the award on Nov. 4, 2002.
Goldthwaite and the entire Notre Dame defense have posted three consecutive shut outs entering the team’s next contest against Bradley (Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Alumi Field). The Irish allowed just five shots on goal last week and Notre Dame goalkeeper Chris Sawyer was asked to make just five saves.