I wanted to be a keeper since I started playing soccer at age 3. It may come from the fact that my older brother and his friends always put me in goal when they played, but I love the position and the pressure.
For me, being a keeper requires the four things.
- Being coachable, because being athletic can only get you so far
- Knowing what mistakes you make so that you can learn from them
- Not caving to the pressure of being the last person between the ball and the net
- Building relationships with my teammates on and off the field so there is a level of trust
I work towards these requirements every day so that I may have the opportunity to play soccer at the College level.
My academics are equally important to me. I am dyslexic and so I work hard to keep my grades up. It is a constant challenge, but is something that I have to do to be successful. I use this same perseverance on the soccer field.
Before 2018, I had never had formal keeper training, but I knew I wanted to have a shot at starting on my varsity team as a Freshman. I began training with a keeper coach and was able to achieve that goal and became the Varsity starter ahead of a Sophomore and a Junior. When the season was abruptly ended by Covid, we were in first place in Class 4A and I like to think I played a role in that by only allowing 3 goals over six games.
I continue working on the little things like hand position and how to make a faster first step that will make me better while maintaining a 3.68 GPA. I know continuing to learn will pay off in helping my team at the club, high school and, ideally, the college level.
I hope this tells you a bit about who I am as a person and as a potential student at your school and team.