Weekly Feature

2017-10-11 / Sports

Keem named ECC men’s soccer Rookie of the Week

Noah Keem, a Sweet Home graduate and a freshman forward/defender for the Daemen College men’s soccer team, was named the East Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Week for games played from Sept. 25 through Oct. 1.

Keem played an integral role in helping Daemen to a 1-1 record. The Wildcats snapped a four-game slide with a 4-0 non-league road win at Shepherd University Sept. 25, before suffering a 5-1 loss in their return to ECC play Saturday, Sept. 30 at New York Institute of Technology.

The recent results have Daemen sitting at 3-7 overall and 0-3 in ECC play this season.

Keem registered the first goal and assist of his career against Shepherd, which featured four goals by four different Wildcat freshmen, all in a 15-minute span during the first half of play.

Keem first assisted on Kristian Aadnoy’s tally in the 27th minute, which made the score 2-0. A short time later, Keem scored off a feed from classmate Craig Buchanan in the 35th minute to put the Wildcats ahead by four, in what turned out to be the team’s third win.

Later in the week, Keem registered Daemen’s lone goal in the loss at NYIT. He took a pass from fellow freshman Aiden Tolley and got behind the NYIT defense, ultimately side-stepping goalkeeper Jonathan Rico and kicking the ball into a wide open goal in the 88th minute.

Keem became the fourth Daemen player, and the third freshman, to score goals in back-to-back games this season. Keem has appeared in and started nine of the team’s 10 games this season, and he ranks fourth on the team with five points.

He is one of 10 freshmen to record at least one point for the Wildcat so far this season.

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