MC's Manfred tabbed USA South Rookie of the Week behind first collegiate shutouts

MC's Manfred tabbed USA South Rookie of the Week behind first collegiate shutouts

Maryville College's Mykal Manfred moved to 3-1 on the season, as the freshman goalkeeper earned USA South Rookie of the Week honors with a pair of shutouts in goal.

Manfred – a Gallatin, Tenn., native – played two complete games in goal for the Scots. He led Maryville to two key shutout victories over USA South competition.

"It was great," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "You take a freshman on the road in conference, and he's able to pitch a couple shutouts, and it says a lot about that type of kid. That says a lot about our defense. Our defense played very well this weekend. When he's called upon, he did a great job on crosses, and he had a couple big saves. You expect something like that out of a Ryan Jorgensen as a senior, but for a freshman to go on the road for opening weekend in two tough environments and get shutouts, it makes you really happy as a coach."

Manfred's defense kept both Mary Baldwin University and Averett University off the board, as senior Kai Miettinen tallied a trio of goals in earning the USA South Player of the Week honors.

In Saturday's 2-0 win over first-year squad Mary Baldwin University, Manfred turned away each of the three shots he faced. The freshman earned his second collegiate victory with 90 minutes in frame, as the win ranked as his first career shutout.

On Sunday, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound keeper again pitched his second career shutout over conference foe Averett. With 82 minutes in goal, Manfred turned away each of the three shots he faced in the contest. Luke Semann added a save in eight minutes played to secure the shutout.

This season, Manfred leads Maryville with 383:02 in goal amongst the Scots three keepers. He's 3-1 overall.

Manfred, Semann and Carter McAdoo – all freshmen – have been in a battle for the starting position this season as MC's keeper.

"We have three freshman goalies," Fernandez said. "It's been good. The thing about is, they are all very, very good. You always say that it's like a quarterback position for people that don't understand soccer very well. If you have three quarterbacks, you're kind of in trouble. You've got to have one. All three of these have been very good, and I don't have a problem playing either one. Mykal, obviously, got hot this weekend, and we rode him all weekend long. He took a big step forward."

Manfred has allowed just two goals in five games played, as he's turned away 11 saves. He holds a .846 save percentage over his short career.

Manfred will look to lead the Scots further into USA South play, as MC tussles with Pfeiffer University on Friday, Sept. 20. The home match is slated for a 6:30 p.m. first touch.