Matt Fechter ’13 cemented his place among the greats of Colorado College men’s soccer as well as the best players in the nation when he was named a second-team All-American by D3soccer.com.
“Matt deserves all the accolades he has received,” said Horst Richardson, who recently completed his 47th season as head coach of the Tigers.
It’s no surprise that, following his dominating performance during the 2012 season, Fechter was listed among the top five forwards by the national website that specializes in the coverage of Division III soccer.
The senior forward tied for third nationally with 15 assists, finished ninth with 47 points and was tied for 21st with 16 goals. All three totals were career highs.
Fechter’s averages were just as impressive. He tied for second at .68 assists, was 13th at 2.14 points and tied for 38th at .73 goals per game. Statistics, however, were only part of the story.
Few players meant more to their team than Fechter, who was involved in 31 of the team’s 45 goals. Despite being double-teamed nearly every time he stepped on the pitch, CC’s captain tied for the team lead with five game-winning goals and set up the deciding goal on five other occasions.
“That points out the quality of player Matt is,” Richardson said. “He was able to assert himself under that kind of coverage and pressure on a consistent basis without ever missing a beat or getting hurt. His durability speaks volumes about his competitiveness.”
Colorado College posted an 11-0-0 record when Fechter scored a goal and a 14-0-0 mark when he had at least a point.
Fechter struck for multiple goals on four occasions and recorded multiple assists four times, the last of which occurred during the Tigers’ 3-1 victory at Babson College in the opening round of the NCAA Playoffs.
One of the traits shared by great players is the ability to make those around him better. That was an area in which Fechter excelled. He combined with forward Daniel Wright on seven occasions, helping his classmate and co-captain score five of his career-high 10 goals.
“Matt definitely made the players around him better,” Richardson said. “His teammates worked harder because of the example he set, and then capitalized on playing alongside one of the best players to have ever represented Colorado College.”
“There were many occasions where Matt’s selfless nature allowed others to score goals instead of doing it himself. He made others look good.”
Fechter also made his presence felt in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, where he was a four-time first-team all-league selection and received one of the major awards in three of four years.
The two-time Offensive Player of the Year became only the second player in SCAC history to record double-digit goals and assists in back-to-back seasons. He ranks No. 8 on the SCAC's all-time list with 33 assists and No. 9 with 121 points.
With 44 career goals, Fechter completed his career tied for ninth with John Monteiro on the program’s all-time goal scoring list.
Matt brought an undeniable passion to the game that allowed him to succeed," Richardson said. "His reaction to the goals either he or his teammates scored attests to how important it was for him to play for his team, the college, the fans, and his parents."