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Bekah Becker In My Words

Let’s talk about goalkeeping.

I’ve played the position for almost five years now, so I’d like to think I know a thing or two about being between the pipes. My initial experience with goalkeeping was during my first-ever recreational soccer season. Both of our goalkeepers were absent from one of our games. My coach asked for volunteers.

Ten minutes later, I found myself in the 18-yard box with a pinny, a very dirty pair of gloves and not a clue in the world what the difference between a goal-kick and punt was.

Fellow goalkeeper and teammate, Mila Elash, likes to remind me a little too often about the glasses-braces-pigtails and occasionally-yoga-pants-goalkeeper that I once was. (FYI, I’m not joking about the yoga pants.)

As I have gained more experience as a keeper, I’ve learned a few things too. My favorite thing about goalkeeping is making saves. The feeling I get after stopping a great shot is kind of unexplainable and reminds me why I love the position and sport so much. On the other hand, goalkeepers have such a different job to do than the other 10 players on the field, and sometimes it can get a little lonely back there. No keeper ever wants to cost their team the game, but it happens. I’ve learned that something that’s just as important as making saves is knowing how to pick myself up after failure and move on to the next game.

In other news, this week the Lady Bubblers pulled off a well-earned 4-0 win against Waynesboro. We had four different players score, which is always nice to see. We played really, really excellent soccer that was just fun to watch. Sometimes I get mesmerized by our passing patterns and forget that I’m on the field, too. As we continue to play well and earn more wins and shutouts, I see my team getting more and more excited for some heavier competition further into the season.

Thanks for reading! Bekah Becker, signing off.

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