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New Jersey City Athletics | September 4, 2014

NJCU's newly converted goalkeeper shines

  Despite having never played goalkeeper before, Tyler Krychkowski was named national player of the week.

New Jersey City's Tyler Krychkowski was converted into a goalkeeper in the offseason after two years as a field player on all three lines. At 5-foot-11, 155-pounds, he had appeared as a defender, midfielder and forward in 40 games (23 starts) in his first two years of college, but never as a goalkeeper -- at any level of his soccer career. But when his team needed a goalkeeper, Krychkowski stepped up.

Krychkowski made 16 saves in his two-game debut to force a pair of ties as NJCU opened the year 0-0-2 at the CSI Soccer Fall Classic. NJCU tied Trine 0-0 and the Merchant Marine 1-1, both in double overtime. It was the first time in the 56-year history of the program that the Gothic Knights opened a year with two ties.

Krychkowski did not allow an even strength goal in 220 minutes of action and opened his collegiate goalkeeping career with a 198:55 scoreless minutes streak. The only blemish was an 89th minute penalty kick in the Merchant Marine game—a strike he still was able to get a piece of. In the two games he posted a .941 save percentage against 42 shots and a meager 0.41 goals against average.

In the 0-0 deadlock with Trine on Aug. 30, Krychkowski made three saves in the double overtime contest, notching a shutout in his debut against nine shots.

Against Merchant Marine on Aug. 31, despite NJCU being outshot 34-8, Krychkowski, in just his second collegiate game as a goalkeeper, made 13 saves including five in two overtime periods. NJCU was outshot 11-0 in the first half and 9-0 in overtime.

The 13 saves were the most by any Gothic Knight goalkeeper since Jeff East made 14 saves against Rowan on October 28, 2000.

Krychkowski was named NSCAA Division III National Player of the Week for his effort.