Competition for Goalie
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As the Brashier Bengals girls soccer team kicked off their season, there was tension about position placement between Junior Samantha Britt and Sophomore Courtney Ruhl, who both wanted to play goalie this season.
“As far as skill, potential keepers need to have good footwork, balance, [and] hand-eye coordination. Their skills are secondary to the mental aspects [being mentally tough], ” says Soccer Coach Jon Williamson.
This is Ruhl’s second year playing for Brashier soccer team, and she is the starting goalie this season. This is Ruhl’s first year playing goalie
“I like having responsibility, and being goalie, you have a lot of [responsibility] to keep the ball out of the net,” says Ruhl.
Players have equal responsibility for keeping the ball out of the net. When the spectators see someone score, all the responsibility is directed towards the goalie, but the audience over looks the responsibility of the defense.
“[Goalie] is something I’ve never done before but always wanted to try,” says Britt.
Both girls have different reasons for wanting to be being goalie, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want goalie any less.
“I asked several of the girls to play positions I think they are best suited to give us the best chance of winning the game,”says Williamson.
Being on any team isn’t about a player’s individual needs to play a position, it is about how the team can benefit from how you play the position you are assigned.
“There is an old saying: ’ To be a keeper you must be really big or really crazy,’” says Williamson.