Nolan Carpenter – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Ryan Freeman was the 2018-2019 varsity boys’ soccer goalie. Freeman had 12 saves in the regional final. The 2018-19 Mustangs advanced to the state semifinal.
Mustangs Ahead (MA): How old were you when you had started to play soccer?
Freeman (RF): It was one of my first memories, playing soccer with my brother. Really, ever since I could walk, I’ve played soccer.
MA: What drew you to the position of goalie?
RF: Nothing really, I just enjoyed making saves more than trying to score goals. There wasn’t a player I looked at and said, “I’m going to play goalie because I want to be like them.”
MA: How do you feel when you make a save?
RF: When I make a save, I don’t really look for props or a pat on the back because that’s my job. Each one of us have a job on the field that we are responsible, so I feel like I’ve just done my part of being on the team.
MA: How do you feel when you don’t make a save?
RF: When I fail there’s this moment of disappointment that comes over me because I feel like I’ve let my team down. Every time I fail, I have two options: to just keep focusing on that or comeback stronger faster, better, etc.
MA: What do you do when the ball isn’t anywhere near you?
RF: I really just watch the game as there’s nothing for me to do. I try to position our defenders when the ball starts coming down to my end of the field.