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Organized Schoer steadies defense for Valpo girls soccer team

2011-08-13T12:17:00Z 2012-08-13T04:09:29Z Organized Schoer steadies defense for Valpo girls soccer teamBy Jim Hunsley jim.hunsley@nwi.com, (219) 548-4356 nwitimes.com

Kathryn Schoer's organizational skills have paid dividends both on and off the pitch for the Valparaiso girls soccer team.

Off the field, the Vikings co-captain seems to have what a teammate or coach needs.

"If you need a Band-Aid, she has it," Valparaiso coach Robert Cespedes said of Schoer. "(If you need) goalie gloves, she's there. A whistle? She probably has that."

Schoer said she's just following in the footsteps of her mother, Deb, who is a pediatrician. Some teammates seem to agree.

"(Wednesday), one player called me the mom of the team," Kathryn Schoer said. "I've just learned to have everything on hand. I have extra (soccer) pennies with me, and we needed them for our scrimmage."

Once the game begins, the two-year starter provides a key defensive presence for the Vikings.

"She really knows how to read the game, and she knows where to put herself," Cespedes said. "In certain games last season, she took a hold of what was going on. She was directing players, and I thought, 'This is a sophomore doing this.' That speaks volumes."

Schoer just feels comfortable in a directional role.

"I just always like organizing things," she said. "I have more of a tactical mind, and I think through a lot of things."

She's also never been one to gravitate to the offensive side of the game -- in any sport.

"I've just never been a person who wants to score," said Schoer. "In softball, I was definitely better throwing the ball and catching it as opposed to hitting. In volleyball, I was a back-row player and did a lot of digging and bumping.

"I've just always been able to excel at the defensive part of a game."

She's played soccer since she was a third-grader, so she's become schooled on the defensive side of soccer.

Last year, she played stopper in the Vikings' three-person defensive scheme. This season, she'll be a central defender in a four-player wall.

Schoer played central defender in the offseason for her club team, NWI United.

"That helps, so I won't really have to transition too much," Schoer said. "I can play on the outside, but I don't mind being more centralized."

The Vikings lost just one starter (defender Kara Webb) off last year's regional squad, so Schoer hopes to help the team go farther this season.

"I think we're confident we can do better," Schoer said. "We have great players, and I definitely love helping to organize the team. I like to feel like I can fix things."

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