Today Kathryn Masson, current Georgetown Assistant Coach and 3-time All-American from Maryland, held a goalie clinic for 24 goalies on the Sidwell Turf in Washington D.C. It was a beautiful day, but watching all these goalies practice great form was even more beautiful. I have to admit, I’ve never been jealous of goalkeepers, it is a tough and thankless job, but listening to Coach Masson speak so passionately about the position and tactics of goalkeeping made even me want to suit up!
She went over all the basic-steps, jab, lunge, dive and footwork with the keepers. A great review for some more experienced keepers, and really great for those less experienced keepers who oftentimes get neglected during the season. As a coach I know how a squad of field players can demand a lot of our attention leaving only a few minutes with goalkeepers.
No doubt about it, keepers are often the heart and soul of a team, and it is pretty easy to see why when you get 24 of them together. It takes a certain kind of person to be a goalie, a tough confident person that can pick themselves up after being scored on and get after it again. During my playing days, I know nothing rallied me like a great save by my goalie when I was feeling down. I believe after this clinic these keepers will have some tools in their back pockets, or in those goalie pads, to help make those awe-inspiring saves next time they go to protect their team’s net.
Coach Masson will put up some tips later, but for now, take a look at her, Georgetown’s starting goalkeeper, Brie, and the participants go to work-it’s a thing of beauty.