Bullet Shot: Athlete of the week
By Elizabeth Hilfrank, Sports Editor
Sophomore Keira Loftus returned for her second season on the Gettysburg College women’s soccer team this fall. With the team’s main goal tender, Eliza Gray, graduated, Loftus was one of three goalkeepers in contention for the starting role.
Having success from the start of the season, Loftus has come to be the starting goalkeeper in every game this season, playing 806 minutes thus far.
Despite the Bullets’ loss against Haverford College Saturday, Loftus was still able to make one stop in net and hold the Fords to only one goal.
Loftus has made appearances in every game this season, and she has made 28 saves total. The goalkeeper has earned a save percentage of 0.848.
Loftus’ current statistics place her seventh for goals against in the Centennial Conference. The sophomore has let in only five goals from the nine games played. With a goals-against average of 0.56, Loftus also ranks fifth in Conference goalkeepers.
Earlier in the season, Loftus reached a career high of ten saves in a non-conference match up against Lynchburg College. She also contributed to the team’s 6-2 victory over Frostburg State University in September, where she made six saves throughout the 90 minutes of play.
Loftus has shown much dedication and potential this season, and she appears anxious to stay in goal. With many minutes under her belt, Loftus continues to develop as a player with each obstacle kicked at her.
Loftus’ success in the first half of the season warrants her the title of The Gettysburgian’s Athlete of the Week.