In the sport of soccer, the goalie is the proverbial quarterback of the defense.
While a goalie’s main job consists of making a multitude of stops between the posts, their duties extend beyond the realm of attaining saves. The goalie is the last line of defense for their team and is responsible for guiding the defenders playing in front of them. Interlake senior Sam Dawson thoroughly embraces that challenge on the soccer pitch.
“I think it is a really important aspect because if you don’t have your defenders knowing where everyone is, it will be a greater challenge for them to keep with their man [player they are covering]. It is better if you organize them so they can mark up and defend well,” Dawson said.
The Saints, who have won back-to-back state titles, currently have an overall record of 6-5-1 and are in fourth place in the KingCo 3A/2A Conference.
“We are a new team working on a new season. We’re just trying to play every game the best we can and we’re always competing to be the best. We’re always battling,” Dawson said.
Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Dawson a few questions about his life away from soccer field.
Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Sam Dawson: Sahara. It is an adventurous exploring movie.
BR: How many text messages do you send per day?
SD: I maybe send 20 to 50. Not too many.
BR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
SD: I like fishing. I do mostly fly fishing.
BR: What kind of music are you listening to the most in your iPod right now?
SD: I have been listening to hip-hop.
BR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
SD: My brother Oscar. He is a cool guy.
BR: What is your favorite dinner dish?
SD: I like fondue.
BR: Who was your idol growing up?
SD: I like Kasey Keller [former Major League Soccer goalie]. He was a really good goalie and is a cool guy.
BR: What will you miss the most about playing for the Interlake Saints boys soccer program?
SD: I will miss the camaraderie and all of the fun practices we have. It is such a tight-knit group of kids.