GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Football Club has re-signed goalkeeper Noah Fazekas for the 2018 National Premier Soccer League season.
Fazekas, 25, made 14 competitive appearances for GRFC and kept three clean sheets during the 2017 campaign. This past season, the 6-foot-1, 192-pound netminder earned Man of the Match honors when he helped backstop GRFC to a 2-0 victory at Lansing United on June 24, as well as for his performance in the regular season finale versus AFC Ann Arbor on July 14.
Returning for his third season with the Boys in Blue, Fazekas leads all GRFC goalkeepers with 28 career appearances and 10 shutouts, including a pair of clean sheets during the 2016 Midwest Region playoffs. Fazekas was named GRFC’s 2016 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year after helping the club win the Great Lakes West Conference title. He is the only goalkeeper in team history to save a penalty, denying a spot kick from Detroit City FC’s Cyrus Saydee to preserve a 0-0 draw at Keyworth Stadium on July 1, 2016.
A native of Dallas, Fazekas bookended his collegiate career at Midwestern State University (2011, 2015-16) and placed his name among the program’s all-time goaltending leaders with 26 wins (3rd), a 0.63 goals against average (3rd), a 0.808 save percentage (7th) and 14.1 shutouts (5th). In his final season with the Mustangs, Fazekas was named to the D2CCA All-South Central Region Second Team.
Fazekas also spent one year with Richland College (2012), posting a 7-3-1 record with a 1.00 GAA, a 0.828 save percentage and nine shutouts in 12 starts as the Thunderducks clinched a berth in the NJCAA Division III Championships.
GRFC will begin the home portion of its 2018 NPSL schedule on Sunday, May 27 against the Milwaukee Torrent at 6 p.m. at Houseman Field. Additional home dates confirmed by the NPSL include June 3, June 8, June 15, June 22 and June 29.