McCutcheon goalkeeper Reed relishes pressure
October 10, 2012McCutcheon High School
When last Saturday’s sectional championship girls soccer match went down to penalty kicks, McCutcheon goalkeeper Ashley Reed may have been the calmest player on the field.
A chess match between the goalie and shooter, percentage-wise, does not favor the defense, but Reed likes her chances.
“I was excited, actually,” Reed said. “I like the pressure. It's your chance to shine. It's your chance to make the save.”
There’s something to be said for an athlete who revels in the chance to be the hero.
It’s situations like this that are the exact reason Mavericks coach Jason Donkersloot believes his team can win on any given night.
“It's like the quarterback in football, they always want to have the ball in the last two minutes,” Donkersloot said. It’s nice having Ash, she wants to be in goal. She wants that pressure. She wants to have control. If it is out of her hands, she doesn't feel as comfortable.”
Perhaps there is a certain comfortability factor for Reed.
As a third-grader she became a full-time goalkeeper for what has become a talented 10-player McCutcheon senior group.
Her father was the coach and he utilized her skills of stopping the opposition. Coaches ever since have done the same. Next season, Reed will continue playing at St. Francis.
“I’ve been playing with Ashley for a really long time and gotten to know her so much,” junior defender Rachel Williams said. “Knowing that she is behind me, I trust that if a ball gets by me, she is going to be able to stop it.”
Entering today’s Logansport Regional semifinal match against Yorktown, Reed has eight shutouts this season and a 1.27 goals against average.
More important than her stats, however, may be the leadership she brings to the Mavericks.
“Ashley is something special where she has really taken a lot of the freshmen and sophomores under her wing,” Donkersloot said. “She is the one who drives them to and from practices. Whenever we go out as a team, she is offering rides. She has really stepped up that side of leadership with the younger girls and been a good role model.”