By Jack Poleto
Senior goalkeeper Anthony Pinto’s career at Washington College defines what it is to be a Shoreman.
In his time at on the men’s soccer teamPinto played for over 4000 minutes over the course of 47 games.
He let up just 29 goals in his career and has made a total of 120 saves, 38 of which were made this season.
In addition to these impressive statistics, he has led the Shoremen to 20 shutouts in his tenure at WC.
With three years of experience, Pinto helped lead the Shoremen to a 25-9-10 record. Including the team’s 2021 season where they won the Centennial Conference championship, and had a division III playoff run to the sweet 16.
“In his first year as a college goalkeeper, he took this team further than it’s ever gone” men’s soccer head coach Roy Dunshee said.
As a seasoned veteran, Pinto led the Shoremen to another playoff berth, this time as the Conference’s first ranked contender.
“He’s faster in those [important] moments than any goalkeeper I’ve coached because he’s a tremendous athlete, apart from being a great goalkeeper,” Dunshee said.
According to Pinto, the biggest aspect of the team that changed in his time here has been the culture, and it has helped attract talented players.
“I give credit to the fifth year seniors here when I was a sophomore,” Pinto said. “That’s when you saw that changing culture… since then we’ve continued to build on that.”
According to Dunshee, Pinto plays with a certain professionalism that clearly states that he wants to be the best that he can be.
“When you have a goalkeeper with a really high soccer IQ who can manage the tempo of the game, it’s a huge bonus,” Dunshee said.
In addition to being a goalkeeper on the pitch, he is also majoring in business and economics.
According to Pinto, this keeps him in the classroom more often than not.
He is also a part of a unique aspect of WC: the Brown Advisory Student-Managed Investment Fund, where students manage an investment profile of over $1,000,000 once a week.
“[We] get to have real world learning and decision making with investments and finance,” Pinto said.
According to Pinto, playing at Kibler Field with the Shoremen’s fanbase has been one of his favorite parts of his career.
“I really enjoy playing games at home…when a big opponent comes here to play us, it’s going to be difficult for them,” Pinto said.
According to the WC Athletics website, Pinto recieved the Elizabeth “Bo” Blanchard Memorial Sportsmanship Award, a WC Athletics award is given to the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of enthusiasm, dedication, and sportsmanship of “Bo,” in 2023.
He also recieved all-centennial academic honors, Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Men’s Soccer, All-Centennial Conference second team, CSC Academic All-District, and team Most Valuable Player in 2022.
According to Pinto, he will be returning in the fall for a fifth year to help the team continue to succeed.
“He leads by example, he cares about the community, he cares about the college,” Dunshee said. “He brings a lot of love to this college… so he’s someone to get behind and you’ll be happy you did.”
Photo Caption: Senior goalkeeper Anthony Pinto has averaged an 80.5% saves per shot on goal. He has shut out seven opponents this year.
Photo courtesty of WC Athletics