Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Nothing gets past Hoffman

Freshman goalkeeper Brittany Hoffman (McMurray/Peters Township) had a spectacular collegiate debut, recording consecutive shutout victories and a 3-0-0 record while leading the defensive effort that helped New Jersey City University win the championship of the Michelle Robin-Vargas Memorial Tournament at SUNY-New Paltz. For her efforts, Hoffman was selected as the season's first New Jersey Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week.

Hoffman, the first goalkeeper in school history to be selected as the NJAC Rookie of the Week, made 12 saves while facing 32 shots and registered a .923 save percentage.

Hoffman, who is attending NJCU on a full Presidential academic scholarship and studying Fire Science, extended her current shutout streak to 259:46. That represents the third-longest scoreless minutes streak in school history and stands just 8:45 of eclipsing the school record set in 1995.

On Sept. 1 in a 6-1 win over King's to open the season, Hoffman made five saves to register her first NCAA victory.

In an 8-0 romp of SUNY Canton Sept. 3 in the tournament's opening round, Hoffman made four saves for her first shutout.

In a 1-0 overtime victory at SUNY New Paltz in the championship game, Hoffman made three saves while leading NJCU to its first road overtime victory in the 19-year history of the program.

Sixth-year head coach Robert Bielan had high praise for his rookie netminder. “Brittany Hoffman is the best keeper I have had in my six years as head coach, hands down," he said. "She has all the attributes of a good keeper and the potential to be even better. She absorbs everything Leah Tepperman [assistant coach/goalkeepers coach] tells her and executes it perfectly.”


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