American University men’s soccer defender Jay Shoates was named the BRINE Patriot League Rookie of the Week, conference officials announced Monday. He was also recognized as the American University Student-Athlete of the Week Presented by GEICO by Department of Athletics officials.
The Sterling, Va. native helped the Eagles to a 1-1 week, including a 1-0 shutout victory over Bucknell in American’s Patriot League home opener. Shoates earned his second and third career starts this week, including in a 2-0 loss to Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday night. He had a huge impact in Saturday’s victory, helping to limit the Bison’s scoring opportunities throughout the game. The freshman helped to anchor American’s defense as it held Bucknell scoreless despite 13 shot attempts, limiting the Bison to five shots on goal.
Shoates and the Eagles will return to action on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. when they continue Patriot League play at Army to open a string of three road games. American will be back at Reeves Field on Wednesday, October 17 when they host Longwood at 3 p.m.