Soffner Earns MLS Combine Invite
Dec. 11, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Coming off an outstanding performance in the 2012 College Cup where he posted two shutouts and was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Indiana senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner was one of 54 college seniors invited to the 2013 Major League Soccer Combine, Jan. 11-15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
A committee of NCAA Division I coaches from every conference, as well as MLS representatives, selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. Generation adidas signings, non-collegiate players and additional college seniors will be announced in the coming weeks.
Soffner was a four-year starter for Indiana, starting 83 of 84 career matches. This season he played all 2246:08 minutes, allowing just 18 goals for a 0.72 goals-against average. His 12 shutouts was a single-season best for the St. Louis product, while his 16 wins is the most by an IU goalkeeper since Jay Nolly in 2004 (19).
Soffner ranked 12th in the nation in goals-against average, fourth among players who logged 2,000 or more minutes.
For his career Soffner was 47-26-11 in goal with 32 shutouts and a 0.93 GAA. His 47 wins ranks seventh on the IU all-time list, while his 32 shutouts ranks fourth. Soffner tallied 262 career saves, good for fourth all-time.
A strong senior season for Soffner was highlighted by his play in the postseason. In five NCAA Tournament matches, Soffner allowed just two goals in 461:06 minutes for a 0.39 goals-against average. He was forced to make just 10 saves in five matches with a save percentage of .833. Soffner ended the year with three-straight shutouts, blanking No. 9 seed North Carolina (1-0), No. 12 seed Creighton (1-0) and No. 3 seed Georgetown (1-0) en route to the Hoosiers' eighth national title.
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