POPLARVILLE — It's been a pretty good week for Pearl River Community College goalkeeper Kobe Lie (Hattiesburg; North Forrest). One day after being named the MACJC's top keeper to start the season, Lie was named the NJCAA's Goalkeeper of the Week.
The national honor is Lie's third after he was named NJCAA Goalkeeper of the Week twice as a freshman.
"He's been great," PRCC coach Drew Gallant said. "I don't think he's reached his full potential just yet. We didn't have him at all during the preseason, but he jumped right in once the season started and has been performing really well."
The Wildcats are off to a fast start in 2018, and Lie deserves plenty of the credit. Lie made four saves in a 4-0 season-opening win against Itawamba Community College, two saves in a 3-0 win at Holmes Community College, five stops — in 69 minutes — in a 10-2 win over East Central Community College and a season-high 13 saves in a 5-1 win at archrival Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Lie is among the national leaders in multiple statistical categories. He's currently tied for tops nationally with four wins, 12th in saves (24), 28th in goals against average (0.53) and 18th in save percentage (.923).
The Wildcats are back in action Friday with a home doubleheader against Meridian Community College. The women will play at 5 p.m., and the men are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.