Tusculum University goalkeeper Alejandro Quiriti has been named the Applebee's Male Student-Athlete of the Month for October.
Quiriti compiled a 6-1-1 record during October for the Pioneer men's soccer team, with a 0.49 goals against average and a .840 save percentage. Quiriti had five shutouts in eight starts, and conceded just four goals during the month as Tusculum surged toward the South Atlantic Conference Championship.
The Mar del Plata, Argentina native started the month with back-to-back shutouts over Carson-Newman (1-0) and Newberry (2-0), followed by a 2-1 overtime win over eventual SAC regular-season champion Lenoir-Rhyne. Quiriti then made four saves in a 0-0 draw at Anderson in a preview of the SAC title match, before taking his only loss of the month in a 2-1 setback at Lincoln Memorial.
Quiriti came back with two more shutout wins over Mars Hill (2-0) and Coker (6-0), then tallied three saves as Tusculum beat Wingate 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the SAC Championship tournament in their final match of the month.
For the season, Quiriti has an 11-5-1 record with nine shutouts and a 0.87 goals against average. He has made 47 saves in his 17 starts for a save percentage of .758. Quiriti's nine shutouts are the third-most in a single season in program history, and his 10 career shutouts rank fifth all-time at Tusculum.
The Tusculum Student-Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Greeneville. The Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month Award honors one male and one female student-athlete each month from an in-season sport during the 2018-2019 academic year, recognizing their hard work, effort and performance.