Ethan Durst Keeper

Given a good, or even decent, defense a keeper can keep the 3 or 4 shots on goal out. Given a defense that constantly allows shots on goal or offense to break the into the keepers box the keeper will always look bad. A keeper can only do so much. They are one of the ELEVEN players on a team, on the field at a time.

Everyone wants, or expects, the keeper to be a miracle worker. “COME OUT” is screamed by a coach and players alike as if the person did not just clear 10 other people to get to goal. “COME OUT” does nothing but make a keeper second guess everything they have learned (cutting off angles, coming out and getting big to block an opponent, keeper position in relation to where the ball is on the field, etc.). Instead of blaming the keeper for allowing in a goal, it might be a better use of time to take a look at the other 10 people on the field and ask what they could have done, should have done, to stop the person from getting to the goal in the first place.

Ethan Durst – The life of a keeper

A lesson on keeper position copied from:

When to Dive

Younger and inexperienced goalkeepers often wonder when they should dive. The answer is, “almost never”. A good goalkeeper minimizes the need to dive by being in good position, aggressively sweeping up loose balls, and challenging shooters.  A dive should only be used as a last resort, and always after the shot has been taken. The keeper should  stay on their feet as long as possible – once they’ve dived, they’re committed and can’t change their mind if the shooter does something else.

A dive is the ultimate and desperate reaction to a shot, it should only be used in ultimate and desperate situations.

The goalkeeper should:

  • Pick a moment when they have a clear shot at the ball, and then
  • Come hard for the ball without hesitating or stopping.
  • Slow down just as they reach the ball carrier, leaving a couple of arms’ lengths of space as a cushion.

The second item here is key. Many a goal has been scored because the keeper was indecisive and got caught in “no-man’s land”, neither attacking the ball or being in good shot-stopping position. 

Once the keeper decides they’re gong for the ball, they must go through with it; they must at least make some contact with the ball. Once the keeper gets near the ball, they must slow down and leave some space to prevent being dribbled by the attacker.

Ethan Durst – The life of a keeper

“The role of the goalkeeper is never well understood – except by other goalkeepers. Goalkeepers are lonely specialists, put in a position that is mostly a setup for failure. They rarely touch the ball, when they do it they have all the spotlight, saves are expected, and mistakes are very costly. It is the mirror image of strikers, who are always involved, mistakes are expected, and their goals – and even their good misses – are always celebrated…..”

“Why therefore would anybody want to be a goalkeeper? Because it is a beautiful place to be. You see the whole game, you command your defence, and you can save your team. You are in charge… ”

“The modern goalkeeper is the last defender, with the advantage that he can use his hands. As such, he is part of the spine of the team – the keeper, the central defender, the holding midfielder, the playmaker, the striker. The best players must play in the middle, and the keeper is one of them. So goalkeepers need to think both as a player and as a keeper. It is a much more complex task than what the average field player has to accomplish…”    Angel Ubide –

Ethan Durst – CSA Eagles at the FC Delco Players Cup Tournament

Well I lost my hard drive on my Mac recently and I lost 3-4 years of pictures. I know, I know, I should have had a backup. I am a system engineer and do this “computer stuff” every day and know what I should have had. Needless to say I am/was devastated.  I just got my Mac rebuilt so I did not take many pictures this past weekend.

I’d also like to thank all of the parents that try to include our family into all of the team activities. I am not an outgoing kind of guy and I am afraid that has rubbed off on Ethan some. (Amy has no excuse 🙂 )

With summer here and no soccer for a bit we are going to use all of this time to get Ethan’s back healed and stronger. With his rapid growth it is impossible for him to keep up muscularly . He is taller than me now and I am 6’5″.

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