Oct. 2, 2006
NEWARK, NJ - Josh Osit, New Jersey Institute of Technology's sophomore goalkeeper, was named today as Atlantic Soccer Conference Player/Goalie of the Week for his play in the Highlanders' 1-0-1 week, the ASC announced.
Osit, of Somerset, NJ and a 2004 graduate of Franklin High School, was in goal for both a 1-1 double overtime tie against defending ASC champ Hartwick last Tuesday and for a come-from-behind 2-1 overtime win over another conference rival, Howard, last Saturday evening.
Against Hartwick, he made three saves, but one of them, in the 82nd minute, kept NJIT alive in a game it went on to tie. Facing Hartwick's John Paul Doyle, the 2005 ASC Rookie of the Year, one-on-one, Osit deflected Boyle's point-blank shot into the air and then made an acrobatic dive to control the spinning rebound before anyone else could attempt a second shot.
He was beaten once in the first half against Howard, but made four second-half saves--at least three of them outstanding, with his team down a goal. Those stops cleared the way for the Highlanders to tie the score in the 80th minute and then win on Greg Spaulding's goal in the fourth minute of overtime.
Osit's totals for the week were 203:54 played, two goals allowed, a goals against average of 0.88, 10 saves and .833 save percentage in the two games.
Osit is in his first season with Highlanders and has started nine of the team's 10 games, posting a 1.88 goals against average and .742 save percentage. He posted a shutout in the Highlanders' 5-0 season-opening win over Iona on August 25.
An all-state honoree at Franklin High School, he first attended college at UMBC and played the 2004 season there before transferring to NJIT. He was a redshirt in 2005 and made his Highlander debut this season.
NJIT, 1-0-1 in the seven-team Atlantic Soccer Conference, will play a non-conference game at 2005 Patriot League champion Lafayette on Wednesday and return home for another ASC game against Philadelphia University on Saturday at 2:15 pm.
The NCAA Division I Atlantic Soccer Conference includes men's teams from NJIT, Adelphi, Florida Atlantic, Hartwick, Howard, Longwood and Philadelphia. The ASC champion receives an automatic berth in the annual NCAA Division I College Cup field.