Coyote senior bids for time at goalkeeper

Ben Schermerhorn works on his goalkeeping during a summer practice.
Ben Schermerhorn works on his goalkeeping during a summer practice.

REED CITY -- Ben Schermerhorn has been switching his time between the soccer field and golf course during the summer. Soon, he’ll most likely see plenty of time in front of a net.

Schermerhorn and the Coyotes begin practices this week formally although he’s been participating in open field sessions lately.

He played on the varsity golf team in the spring and is among the top candidates this fall as goalkeeper, replacing Dylan Kichak, who graduated from last year’s squad.

A senior this fall, Schermerhorn has been in soccer since he was 4 years old. This will be his third varsity season.

Last season, when the Coyotes won the districts, Schermerhorn was back up goalkeeper. As a sophomore, he played defending and attack mid.

His action was limited to 1 1/2 games last season as a keeper.

“I went through a keeper camp down at Hope for a week,” he said.

Distributing and throwing the ball is something Schermerhorn would like to work on this season.

“I’m pretty vocal and I can read things well before they happen,” he said. “I can see the field.”

Even though he has seen limited varsity action, Schermerhorn is confident he’s ready to go when and if called upon.

“It will take some getting used to,” he said. “But I’m pretty comfortable.”

For golf during the summer Schermerhorn has been working on his game. He was one of two Coyotes to advance to the regionals from districts.

“It turned out pretty good,” he said. “The regionals were hard. Greens were extremely fast. Pin placements were very challenging.”

During the summer, he’s been playing golf in the area.

But the last few weeks, Schermerhorn, has been attending soccer workouts to get ready for the 2012 season.

“We lost a lot of seniors, but we should be decent again,” he said. “We should be around .500. We play a lot of good competition.”