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Penn Hills grad Luke Greenway plays goalkeeper for Grove City.

The Grove City men’s soccer team showed off its defensive prowess in the early going. The Wolverines haven’t suffered a loss in the first seven games.

Freshman goalkeeper Luke Greenway, a Penn Hills graduate, has been the benefactor of the strong defensive play.

Greenway, who has a 0.26 goals-against-average this season, has five shutouts and has only allowed two goals while making 19 saves to lead Grove City to a 5-0-2 record.

“I think the team has been really playing well, especially defensively. It has taken us a little bit longer to figure out things offensively. We’ve started to find the back of the net,” Greenway said.

“It’s been five shutouts so far, which is really good. The statistic goes to me, but I think it’s more a testament to how well our defense has played. I haven’t had to do too much in these past couple games. My defense has been really solid, and I’m hoping that will continue.”

The majority of Greenway’s saves came in the first three games. In the opener, Greenway made six saves to force a scoreless tie with Lycoming.

In his following appearance, Greenway collected three saves in a 2-1 win over Hiram on Sept. 1. In the third game, Greenway made five saves to force another scoreless tie with College of Wooster on Sept. 6.

In the last four games, Greenway has made stops at crucial times, with five saves in those games. Greenway made two saves in a 1-0 win over Allegheny on Sept. 8, while making one save in 2-1 win over Oberlin College on Sept. 12.

A few days later, Greenway stopped two shots in a 2-0 win over Fredonia on Sept. 15, while Greenway wasn’t required to make a stop in a 1-0 win over Penn State Behrend on Sept. 18.

“Things have been going great. You got to enjoy the highs when they’re high because you never know when you’ll have a bad day. I can always do better and I’m always striving to do better, but I’ve been pleased with myself and I’m hoping to keep that going,” Greenway said.

Greenway was selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Defensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Week for the first two weeks of the season. Grove City sophomore defender Alec Gehman earned the honors for the third week of the season.

“It’s nice to get that recognition, but it’s not something I need. I was just as happy with getting wins as I am with being credited with defensive player of the week. I’ve played well but I think my defense the reason for my success. They have made me look better as a player,” Greenway said.

During the beginning of the season, Greenway has received strong support from his fellow goalkeepers — sophomore Dan Shults and freshman Caleb Carson — and it has contributed to his strong play on the field.

The Wolverines feature a freshman class of 13 players. On the field, there have been moments when the majority of the 11 players are from the freshman class.

“If you had put all these freshmen on a different team, I think we would’ve struggled more. The culture here on this team is so much different,” Greenway said.

“The culture here is awesome and allows the freshmen to become a little bit more comfortable and allows them to shine a little bit more when they are given opportunities.”

The Wolverines will look to improve on last year’s 3-2 loss to Lebanon Valley in the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championship Tournament.

Andrew John is a freelance writer.

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