Jacob Dunnett ’17 has captured National Student-Athlete of the Week honors by the NCCAA twice already this season. The first-year starting goalkeeper on the men’s soccer team has already earned 10 shutouts and recorded 48 saves, highlighting Houghton’s 13-2-1 record.
A four-year varsity starting goalkeeper and high school standout from Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Dunnett came to Houghton primarily because he had a positive experience visiting the school and meeting the players. “I loved how soccer is a major sport here, and everyone in the school and community supports the team,” Dunnett says.
Soccer is what drew Dunnett to Houghton, but his desire to be part of a strong academic community and Christian environment helped seal the deal. “It is a huge bonus for me that Houghton is a Christian college,” Dunnett continues. “As a team, our Christian values play a part in our discipline. If we are disciplined in our faith, we can certainly be disciplined on and off the field.”
Dunnett was first named NCCAA Men’s Soccer Division I Defensive Player of the Week after attaining all-tournament honors at the Oswego tournament in early September. Dunnett made 12 saves to lead the highlanders to a tie and win in two games.
Later in September, Dunnett earned the defensive award again after preserving a shutout in the Highlanders’ 1-0 win over previously undefeated and #5 ranked Stevens Institute of Technology. Dunnett made three great saves in the final 15 minutes to prevent Stevens from tying the scoreboard.
In addition to his outstanding performance in the victory over Stevens, Dunnett has earned 10 shutouts on his own, and contributed to 11 shutouts for the team this season.
“Jacob has been a great addition to the team. Not only has he stepped into the starting role as our goalkeeper, but he is also a fine student and an excellent teammate,” says Men’s Soccer Head Coach Matthew Webb. “Our young players this year have made a significant impact. There is a lot of potential with this group, and the coaching staff is very excited about the future of this team over the next few years.