Danny Sanchez is facing an unprecedented dilemma in his coaching career. Yet it’s one any coach would gladly take.
The leader of the University of Colorado soccer program has two goalkeepers more than capable of shouldering the load in the starring role in Scout Watson and Jalen Tompkins. He rotated the netminders during this past weekend’s sweep of state rivals Air Force and Colorado State, and the rotation is likely to continue during this weekend’s road trip to Kansas and Missouri.
“We’ll see how it goes this week. I’m not going to make a 100 percent commitment to (rotating),” Sanchez said. “We thought they both did well, but to be honest they weren’t tested a ton this weekend. Those moments are coming.”
Overall, the Buffs’ netminders faced just three shots on goal in each game, with Tompkins making two saves and Watson recording three. Watson was charged with the lone goal-allowed in the first half against CSU, but in her defense it occurred on a rebound goal at the end of a sequence of three successive corner kicks by the Rams as the Buffs were unable to clear the defensive zone.
In a coaching career that includes previous stops at Metro State and Wyoming, Sanchez said he has never had a situation where his squad featured two capable starting goalkeepers. While Sanchez would prefer if one of the goalies stepped to the forefront, he’s not averse to continuing the rotation if both players earn the playing time.
“I’ve never really rotated, but I don’t think I’ve never had two keepers that are this even,” Sanchez said. “I’ve always had an established person or someone who really jumped up front. In a perfect world you’d like to have one, but I’m not married to either (scenario).”