Sept. 4, 2013
Goalkeeper Adams Sees Potential in Final SeasonBy David Boyce
A goal is gold in soccer, but a strong goalkeeper is even more valuable. Northwest Missouri State has a goalkeeper in senior Kelsey Adams that will make the goals the Bearcats score precious.
Adams brings three years of experience as the Bearcats’ final line of defense.
“It is always important your keeper is a very solid player,” Northwest coach Tracy Hoza said. “Kelsey has been solid throughout her three years and hopefully it will continue into her fourth year. She is very athletic, very quick and extremely talented.
“She is more confident and mature. That comes with being a senior. From having Kelsey at camps, what we noticed is that she is a quick learner. Any challenge you can give her, technically or tactically, she can do it. There have never been any limitations on what she can or can’t do.”
Adams enters the season 33 saves away from owning the school’s career save mark. She has 310 saves.
“I didn’t know,” she said. “It is kind of nice. You just go out there and do your thing.” Adams, who is grew up 30-minutes down Highway 71 in Savannah, is much more interested in helping Northwest improve on its won-loss record from last year.
The Bearcats are coming off an 8-7-3 season. They were 6-5-2 in the MIAA and lost in the first round of the conference tournament.
With a nice mix of returners and talented newcomers, the Bearcats are in position to have a good season.
“I’m very excited, probably the most excited I have ever been,” Adams said. “We have a different outlook. We have a lot of hard-working people. During preseason, you can see how dedicated everybody is. Everybody goes out and works hard. That just adds to the excitement.
“We have added a lot of new people and there are a lot of returners back. We are all healthy. It is nice. We can actually do 11 against 11. We get in more reps and do a lot more with more people.”
Last season didn’t end as well as the Bearcats would have liked. They lost their final three games. Injuries played a part in the season-ending slump.
“You can’t really help it,” Adams said of the injuries. “You go out there and try. We all went out there and did our best. We would have liked to do better. As long as everybody went on there and did their best, there is nothing you can do.”
Through the good and sometimes bad times, Adams is happy she has been able to play college soccer so close to home.
“It is probably one of the best experiences I have had,” she said. “It is nice to be close to home because you have that fan base.
“Being here at Northwest, I made it home. The team is practically a family. It makes it that much more enjoyable. It will be really hard to leave.”
Adams is majoring in corporate recreation and wellness. She is scheduled to graduate in the spring. She has not decided whether she will go to graduate school or join the workforce.
“It would be nice to hit the real world, but scary at the same time,” she said. “I actually want to do personal training. I definitely want to stay around athletics.”
There is an entire soccer season to concentrate on before Adams has to make her next big decision.
The season starts 3 p.m. Thursday at the Bearcat Pitch when Northwest takes on Wayne State. “I’m looking forward to it,” Adams said. “I am excited. I will go to bed Wednesday night feeling like a little kid at Christmas.”
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