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Cheswick native excells for Robert Morris soccer

| Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 9:08 p.m.
Cheswick native Brenden Alfery is a goalie for the Robert Morris University men's soccer team.
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Cheswick native Brenden Alfery is a goalie for the Robert Morris University men's soccer team.

Brenden Alfery, a Cheswick native and 2012 Central Catholic graduate, recently was named the NEC Player of the Week in men's soccer.

Alfery, a junior, is the goalie for Robert Morris. He played at Grove City for two years before transferring, and his debut for the Colonials over Labor Day weekend was an impressive one.

Alfery helped Robert Morris open with a 1-0-1 record in a pair of games at the North Athletic Complex.

In a 1-1 draw against Hartwick on Aug. 29, he made six saves in regulation but saved his best for overtime, when he added three more. His most important save came when he turned away a penalty kick in the second extra frame to preserve the draw.

Two days later, Alfery posted four saves to record a shutout as RMU earned a 3-0 victory over Rider.

During his two years at Grove City, he earned All-Presidents' Athletic Conference second-team honors (2013) and started 23 games, compiling a 0.85 goals-against average and eight shutouts.

Alfery's transfer came after RMU coaches observed him play.

“The RMU coach and some of the players were impressed and thought that I could do well there,” he said. “It has worked out good. I've been starting since Day 1.”

He said there's a big difference playing for a Division I team.

“The speed of play is much quicker,” Alfery said. “I've got to be on my toes the entire game, even when the teams are at the other end of the field. Teams can counter so quickly that you have to always be ready. The shots are a lot harder, too.”

He is majoring in organizational leadership and is excited about being back in Pittsburgh.

“I'm very excited about being at Robert Morris University,” he said. “We have a very good team, and we're confident that we can go far this year.”

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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