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My Role on the Field

Jenna Kaiser - February 1, 2017

My role on the field is something that is hard to put into words for anyone who hasn’t been in the net themselves. Yes, I am the goal keeper, the last line of defense but being the goal keeper is so much more than the physical demands and athletic ability. Yes, it is important to have a goalie that can make the big saves, but it is even more important to have a goalie that supports their team.

The majority of my time on the field I am not being tested with breakaways or shots, instead most of the time I am the loudest one on the field motivating and supporting my teammates. My words are not always upbeat, there are times that I have to be harsh and demand better from my teammates-not because I don’t think they are good, but because I know they can be better. I try to be that encouraging voice that my teammates hear when they are going in for a hard tackle, or chasing down another player. I try to be that voice that echoes in their head that makes them push themselves that much harder. Hearing a positive voice and words of encouragement can turn a player’s entire game or practice around, and that is what I try to do.

For me, sports are so much more than the physical ability and strength. To be successful in any sport you have to be mentally and emotionally strong. Soccer has brought me some of my happiest times, and some of my worst and hardest times. What keeps me going, what keeps any athlete going, is not only the love they have for the game but the love, support, and friendship that comes from teammates. During my time as a student-athlete at Rosemont, I have made lifelong friends.

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