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  Joel Gustafsson
 

Joel Gustafsson


 

 
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Gothenburg, Sweden

High School:
Katrinelundsgymnasiet

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 185

Position:
Defender

As a Junior (2008)
Earned NSCAA second team All-America honors ... a first team NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection ... named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year ... a first team All-BIG EAST honoree ... appeared in 23 games, including 21 starts ... tallied a career-high three goals and added one assist for a career-high seven points ... anchored a defensive unit that allowed just a 0.50 goals against average and posted a school-record and nation-leading 16 shutouts ... scored a goal in a 3-2 overtime win against then-No. 12 Indiana in the NCAA Quarterfinals (Dec. 6) ... tallied a goal in a 3-2 win against then-No. 7 UC Irvine in the NCAA Tournament (Nov. 29) ... assisted on the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win against Villanova (Oct. 15) ... notched a goal in a 4-2 win against Syracuse (Oct. 8).

As a Sophomore (2007)
Started all 21 games ... earned All-BIG EAST honorable mention accolades ... tallied two assists and took eight shots ... tallied an assist and took one shot in a 2-2 tie against Seton Hall (Nov. 7) in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament ... attempted two shots against DePaul (Oct. 27) ... assisted the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Seton Hall (Sept. 13) to tally first career assist ... took two shots versus Fairfield (Sept. 2).

As a Freshman (2006)
Started and played in 18 games ... was a first team defender on the Top Drawer Soccer All-Rookie Team ... earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors, while also being named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week (Sept. 18) after scoring a game-winning goal in overtime against Providence (Sept. 17) and helping the team post back-to-back shutouts against PC and UConn (Sept. 14) ... made his first collegiate start in a 2-0 road win over Michigan (Aug. 25).

At Katrinelundsgymnasiet
Played club soccer for Donso IS, IFK Goteborg and Torslanda IK while at Katrinelundsgymnasiet ... captained IFK Goteborg as a central defender from 2000-2005 and received the club's honor award in the 2005 season.

Personal
Joel Erik Gustafsson ... born in Gothenburg, Sweden ... son of Bergil Gustafsson and Anette Hoglund ... participated in Greenpeace in Sweden ... chose St. John's because of the coaching staff ... majoring in philosophy.

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