Jones Nabs NEC Rookie Honors

Oct. 24, 2005

Fairfield, CT - Pioneer men's soccer freshman goaltender Matthew Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England / Sandon) was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for the week of October 17-23.

Jones anchored two key road wins for Sacred Heart last week, posting shutouts as the Pioneers downed St. Francis (NY) and Long Island by identical 1-0 scores to stretch their unbeaten streak to six and move into a tie for fourth place in the conference. Jones preserved the win over the Terriers on Friday with eight saves, then turned away four shots against Long Island. He has permitted just four goals during the six-game streak to drop his season goals against average to 1.09, good for fifth in the conference. Jones also ranks second in the NEC with five shutouts.

"He was outstanding in the two shutouts and he has been just as great for us the entire year," head coach Joe Barroso said of his freshman goalkeeper.

Jones has led the Pioneers to a 5-5-4 record overall and a 2-1-3 mark in the Northeast Conference. The Pioneers play three straight home games to close the regular season beginning Sunday against Fairleigh Dickinson. Game time at Campus Field is 1:00 pm.