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Moving on at John Carroll


Over her four years as a starter for John Carroll's girls soccer team, Amy Goetzinger has played many roles.

As a freshman, Goetzinger stepped right in and was impressive at center halfback, helping to lead the Patriots to a runner-up finish in the Catholic League A Division.

As a sophomore, she was again a standout at center halfback, before moving to right halfback the next year.

Now, Goetzinger, a senior, is playing forward to boost John Carroll's offense, which coach Joe Rehrmann said has been "one-dimensional" to this point.

While Goetzinger is more suited for center halfback, her flexibility has provided stability where the Patriots (3-3, 1-3) needed it most. And she has become more of a complete player and shown her resourcefulness.

"It would be nice to be the center halfback and have your own position, but I have to move around to where the team needs me," said Goetzinger, who also has spent time at sweeper and fullback. "We have to make adjustments when certain things aren't happening."

"She's been willing to help the team at times when she may have wanted to play another position," said Rehrmann.

Regardless of where she plays, little changes when games begin. Goetzinger, a two-time first-team All-Catholic League selection, is one of the hardest workers on the squad, and she has all the skills to go along with her excellent speed.

"The main thing is her attitude and desire to help the team," said Rehrmann. "What supercedes it all is the way she can help the team more than anything."

Speed has come naturally to Goetzinger since she began playing soccer at 6. She has been playing year-round for nearly six years, in leagues such as Washington Area Girls Soccer during the spring, fall and winter, and for several club teams, the Shakedowns in particular.

With each new position, Goetzinger has made adjustments.

Goetzinger was used to playing fullback when she entered high school, but when she filled John Carroll's void at midfield her first two seasons, she had to learn to play defense and offense at the same time. This latest move has proven to be more of a challenge for Goetzinger, because she hadn't been much of a scorer in the past.

Still, Rehrmann and the Patriots are hopeful that her shift to the front line means an increase in goals scored.

Said Goetzinger, "I'm just better at passing because I'm used to it and now I have to put the ball in the net."

Because John Carroll is a member of the Catholic League, Goetzinger is not known particularly well around the county.

"I don't think John Carroll gets the recognition it deserves because we don't play in the county," said Goetzinger.

"A lot of teams in the county, maybe they are not as good, but the better teams are going to score more and get noticed."

Added Rehrmann, "Because it [Catholic League] draws from such a broader area, you get a chance to see many different players. That the league has now gone to an A and B division, there's usually no easy games."

John Carroll has been one win away from the league title two of the last three years.

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