Former St. Stanislaus goalkeeper Owen Betz has made quite the first impression on the collegiate level.
The former All-South Mississippi soccer selection had a slow start to his freshman season at Northern Kentucky. But now that he’s back healthy, the former Rockachaw has been turning heads.
Although Betz is 0-2-2 in his four starts — NKU is 0-10-3 overall — he boasts team highs in goals against average (1.39), save percentage (.769), saves (20) and shutouts (2).
Betz pitched a 0-0 double-overtime shutout in his debut Sept. 28 against Cincinnati. Three days later, NKU suffered a 4-0 loss to the University of Illinois at Chicago, but Betz set the school’s Division I record with 11 saves.
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Following a 2-1 loss to Bowling Green, Betz made perhaps his best save to date Oct. 8 in a 0-0 draw against Cleveland State.
Late in the contest, CSU set up for a free kick to the right of Betz.
Kevin Blackwood launched a shot high on goal. Betz, hugging the near post, sprawled to his right and got just enough of the ball to sent it over the crossbar and preserve the shutout.
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Betz isn’t the only former South Mississippi standout on the Norse. Gulfport’s Jeff Bruni also signed with NKU in the spring.
Bruni has appeared in four games, logging 98 minutes.