MACON, Ga. – Following a pair of shutouts last week, FGCU goalkeeper Nathan Ingham has been named the Atlantic Sun Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, league officials announced on Monday.
Ingham (Keswick, Ontario/Keswick HS) made three saves in a 0-0 tie on Tuesday at FAU and followed it up by making two stops and defending six corners against Lipscomb on Saturday as part of a 4-0 victory. No. 22 FGCU is 5-2-3 on the year and atop the A-Sun standings with 10 points from a 3-0-1 record.
It marks the second time this year and fifth in his career that Ingham has been named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week as two weeks ago he earned the honor also following a pair of shutouts to open league play.
The redshirt senior has played in seven complete games this year and now has five shutouts to his name as he missed two-and-a-half contests with an ankle injury. Ingham easily leads the A-Sun and ranks 4th in the nation with a 0.37 goals-against average as he has only allowed three goals in 738:32 minutes this season.
At his current pace, Ingham would shatter the A-Sun single-season record for goals-against average as the current mark is 0.61 held by Centenary’s Damin Hill in 1987. Last year, Ingham posted a 0.71 goals-against average to rank as the 4th-best single season in league history. Additionally, Ingham’s career goals-against average is now 0.94 – which would be the best in the history of the A-Sun, which dates back to 1979.
A-Sun Career Goals-Against Average (minimum 2,000 minutes)
1) Nathan Ingham: 0.94 (FGCU, 2011-Present)
2) Ryan Coulter: 0.95 (ETSU, 2011-13)
3) Kyle Roelke: 1.00 (Belmont, 2004-05)
With the shutouts, Ingham now has 24 for his career and moves within one of tying and two of breaking the all-time A-Sun mark.
A-Sun Career Shutouts
1) Ryan Coulter: 25 (ETSU, 2011-13)
2) Nathan Ingham: 24 (FGCU, 2011-Present)
3) Jeff Cassar: 23 (FIU, 1992-95)
Ingham’s five shutouts are three more than anyone else in the A-Sun and represent nearly half of all clean sheets recorded by league goalkeepers this year (11). Additionally, his .885 save percentage ranks tied for 4th in the country as Ingham is on pace to establish the program’s single-season record in that category as well.
The recognition marks the fourth time an FGCU player has been named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week this season as freshman goalie Sawyer Jackman (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East HS) received the honor on Sept. 28, and freshman defender Preston Kilwien (Pleasant Hill, Calif./College Park HS/Campolindo HS) garnered the award on Sept. 14.
Dating back to last year it’s now the seventh A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week honor FGCU has claimed in 17 possible weeks, including two by Ingham last year and one by Aaron Guillen (El Paso, Texas/Coronado HS). Over that same time period, no other school in the A-Sun has had more than three A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week awards.
Additionally, Ingham’s honor completed a clean sweep of weekly A-Sun awards as Emma Blackwell was named A-Sun Women’s Soccer Co-Defensive Player of the Week, Vanessa Benke received A-Sun Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week accolades and Amanda Carroll took home A-Sun Volleyball Co-Player and Freshman of the Week honors.
The shutout of Lipscomb extended FGCU’s nation-best home regular-season conference unbeaten streak to 28 in a row dating back to 2008 as the Eagles are 24-0-4 in that timeframe. The triumph also ran the Eagles’ unbeaten streak to six in a row as the Green and Blue is 4-0-2 dating back to Sept. 25 and has only surrendered two goals in that span.
FGCU also extended its dominant record in all A-Sun regular-season games since the start of the 2010 season to 35-4-4. All four of those losses have come on the road, and out of a possible 129 points that could have been earned in that time, the Eagles have claimed an impressive 109 of them en route to an unprecedented five-straight A-Sun regular-season titles.
Ingham and his teammates return to action at home on Tuesday, Oct. 20, for a 7 p.m. kickoff against cross-state foe FIU. The Panthers, who have been nationally ranked on several occasions this year, are 8-4-0 and have an RPI of 41.
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FGCU is led by Bob Butehorn, who has coached 45 A-Sun All-Conference selections since FGCU started its program in 2007. In just four years of postseason eligibility, Butehorn has guided FGCU to three A-Sun Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances – in 2011, 2012 and 2014 – and has won an unprecedented five-straight A-Sun regular-season championships. His teams have been ranked nationally on several occasions by multiple media outlets. Now in his 13th season as a head coach, Butehorn has a 112-89-23 (.551) overall record, 78-57-19 (.569) mark in his 9th season at FGCU and 46-17-5 (.713) record in A-Sun contests.
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