Goalie at Parker’s Legend High School shifts gears for soccer role

Keeper is laid-back off field, but not when in the net


Michel Agostinho, boys soccer coach at Parker’s Legend High School, describes his 6-foot senior goalkeeper Jaden Robertson as a very humble and quiet individual.

Robertson, however, doesn’t fit the mold of a typical keeper.

Keepers are aggressive and vocal to keep their teammates in front of them organized.

“Off the field I’m definitely not super outstanding,” said Robertson. “I kind of stay in my own lane and do what I need to do as the day goes by.

“But I understand my position and my role a lot better. I know that I need to communicate and really kind of guide my team from the back and help set them up.”

Agostinho said Robertson is “a quiet leader but when he gets in between the pipes he changes. He is very humble and likable. He definitely shows up in big games.”

Robertson was 6-1 with a 1.286 goals against average in seven matches last season as a junior during a season that was moved from the fall and didn’t start until March.

And Robertson wasn’t the starting keeper at the start of the spring season.

“We were getting into our tryouts and we were told our season had been delayed which was kind of a slap in the face for me,” recalled Robertson. “It kind of mentally reset me. I took those six or seven months we had in between and I did a lot of skiing which wasn’t a great idea and did a lot of other activities instead of soccer.

“When we came back, I thought I had played good in our preseason but I had obviously kind of shot myself in the foot and let myself get behind the other goalie. I was told I wasn’t starting for the first game of the season. It really became something that I knew I wanted and I worked hard for it.

“I got my opportunity in the third game and we ended up winning the game. It wasn’t a good game for me and I wasn’t starting again but my opportunity came when my opposition got quarantined. I performed to show that I earned that spot.”

Robertson has set goals and is anxious for this season.

“Last year my main improvement point was goal kicks,” he said. “It has really improved and became a lot better. This year it is high balls and catching balls high above my head. My goal is just judging the flight of the ball and being able to jump through traffic to catch it and prevent a header.

“My goals this season are mostly just win. I want to get better and better each year I play in high school. My sophomore year wasn’t a horrible year but not one I dreamed of. And then my junior year I was a lot better with a winning record. This year I’m hoping to do even better with a full season and hopefully produce more clean sheets than I have before.”

And being a goalkeeper, Robertson has learned how to accept the bad along with the good.

“It goes both ways,” Robertson explained. “If you get scored on everybody kind of looks towards you because you’re the last man. But if you have a great game and don’t get scored on, then everybody kind of praises you. You kind of have to overcome the bad parts of getting scored on and taking the blame for that to get to the good parts and the celebration.”


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