PRINCETON, N.J. – For the second straight week, a member of the Columbia men’s soccer team has been honored as the co-Ivy League Player of the Week. Sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Jackson was selected for the award as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.
Jackson, along with the entire Columbia defense, suffocated a pair of opponents this past week, including two shutouts. On Wednesday, Jackson made a pair of saves in the second half against LIU Brooklyn at home to preserve a 3-0 victory. He followed that performance with two more saves against Fordham on Sunday to earn another shutout.
The Lions have yielded just one goal over its last four contests, propelling them to five straight wins. Jackson has remained an integral part to Columbia’s success, averaging 4.83 saves per game, which ranks him 33rd nationally. His .829 save percentage is also among the nation’s leaders, placing him 36th.
Jackson’s selection follows David Najem, who earned the award last week. Columbia last had two Ivy League Players of the Week in 2011 when Najem (Sep. 5) and Ronnie Shaban (Nov. 7) received the award. The last time Columbia was honored in consecutive weeks was 1993 when Rikki Dadason picked up the award the final two weeks of the season.
Columbia opens Ivy League play this Saturday against Brown. Kick-off at the Columbia Soccer Stadium is scheduled for 4 p.m.