State of the Revs: Shuttleworth seizes opportunities

State of the Revs: Shuttleworth seizes opportunities
July 17, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth recorded three shutouts in limited action last season, posting a 0.71 goals against average in seven regular-season games as the team's backup. He's kept up the level of play this year, too.

In 16 games, he has recorded 49 saves and posted a 5-6-5 record. However, the 22-year-old goalie has totaled eight shutouts this season, tied for the league lead with two other goalkeepers.

Head coach Jay Heaps said Shuttleworth's play has kept the team competitive through the season.

"Whether it's to keep it 0-0 or a 1-0 lead, whatever the play may be, the goalkeeper makes it," Heaps said.

Shuttleworth posted four shutouts in a row earlier in the season, and in has only allowed three or more goals once in the past 13 games.

"I've put a nice string of games together here," Shuttleworth said. "Each game I play in, I feel more consistent."

Matt Reis, the team's 38-year-old goalkeeper who has passed the torch to Shuttleworth, said he was raw when he first came in, but was also "eager to learn.

"He's always taken instruction well," Reis said. "He's really put himself to listening and learning."

Shuttleworth, 26, is still young, but is already showing his potential to the rest of the league.

"As I gain more experience," he said, "I feel my game can only go higher and higher."