Callum Irving Rated Nation's Best Goalie by NCAA Coaches
LEXINGTON, Ky. – College soccer coaches enter the 2015 season in apparent agreement that Kentucky’s Callum Irving is the top goalkeeper in college soccer, TopDrawerSoccer.com recently announced.
TDS’s J.R. Eskilson identified Irving as the top vote-getter in the Website’s college coaches survey, rating the best players in Division I.
Irving was named an All-American last season having kept 10 clean sheets with a 0.77 goals against average. He made 65 saves throughout the season, many of them of the spectacular and/or game-saving variety.
He is the reigning Conference USA Player of the Year, Defensive MVP and also First Team All-C-USA in addition to winning the Golden Glove Award, which went to the conference goalie with the most shutouts in league play (five).
Irving was also a Scholar All-American last year, illustrating his elite status both on the field and in the classroom.
The Vancouver, B.C., native was named to the 2014 Conference USA All-Academic Team and the 2013 Southeastern Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Having started every game for the past two seasons, Irving has a 0.98 career goals-against average, which ranks third in UK history, behind Greg Raber (2001-02; 0.85) and Andy Gruenebaum (2002-05, 0.97), who recently retired after playing the better part of the last decade in Major League Soccer.
TDS contacted coaches across the nation asking who the best players in college soccer are entering the 2015 season. TDS sent a survey with six questions: who is the best defender, midfielder, forward, goalkeeper, player and who is your pick as the breakout player for the season. Individual votes were kept anonymous.