Men’s College Soccer
Rider’s Pastuna MAAC Rookie of Week
EDISON, NJ—Rider University goalkeeper David Pastuna was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for all games played September 16-22.
In two games last week, Pastuna (Robbinsville, NJ/Robbinsville High) compiled two shutouts, leading Rider to a pair of 1-0 victories over LIU Brooklyn and St. Bonaventure.
"It is great to see David step up and win a couple of games for us,” said Rider head coach Charlie Inverso. “The kid has so much raw potential because he is a phenomenal athlete.”
Against St. Bonaventure on Sunday Pastuna made four saves for his second shutout and his third victory in three starts.
“Dave absolutely works his tail off,” Inverso said. “He’s good and he’s confident. He did a good job for us against St. Bonaventure. He was there when we needed him.”
Against LIU Brooklyn Pastuna did not need to make a save. “David, for a young guy, came up big against LIU,” Inverso said. “He came off his line well. He wasn’t tested too much but did some nice things. He works hard and is a great person to have on the team.”
Pastuna is the second Bronc to receive MAAC Rookie of the Week honors this season.
“We have a new culture and work ethic here and David is easily one of the top five hardest working players on the team so it is nice to see him be recognized,” Inverso said.
Pastuna and the 5-1 Broncs host NJIT Wednesday.