Bailey, who orally committed to play goalkeeper for Division I South Carolina Upstate in March, had All-SMAC goalies Kelly Collins (2010, 2011) and Rachel King (2012) ahead of her at Calvert for her first three high school seasons. So instead of biding her time on the Calvert bench, Bailey played the field.
“She’s played goalie on her travel team forever, and her travel coach was shocked we weren’t playing her in goal here,” said Calvert coach Dawn Lister. “…we needed her on varsity and we could really utilize her in the midfield. She played really great midfield for us for three years, and we’re missing her there.”
But with King off to Montclair State after graduating last year, the Cavaliers needed Bailey to slide back to her natural position. Calvert’s SMAC opposition might wish she was still in the midfield, as she’s given up three goals all season and just one in conference play, in which her Cavaliers have an 8-0-1 record.
“Honestly, I think [my success] is because of our defense. It’s very strong, they’re very tight-knit. Everyone trusts each other a lot, I trust them a lot,” Bailey said. “They’re the reason why I haven’t had a ton of shots on goal, and when I have had shots they haven’t been as hard as some shots that Rachel had to stop last year.”
Bailey also says the time in the midfield helped her become a better goalkeeper for her senior year.
“I definitely wasn’t planning on playing in the midfield my last three years, but I’ve noticed how much it’s helped me in travel,” Bailey said. “My foot skills are better as a goalkeeper and I really enjoyed it. I was hesitant not to play in the field this year, but I’m glad we didn’t because it’s helped us to have me be the leader in the back and help the defense just coordinate.”
Bailey chose South Carolina Upstate over an offer from Gardner-Webb.
“I’d been looking at the school since last October, and since it was eight hours away, it was hard for me to go to drive down there to look. I went to an ID camp, and the next day after, they offered me a spot,” Bailey said. “The day after that, I decided to go… I’m very happy with my decision.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 49-1
The combined score by which Bailey’s Cavaliers have outscored SMAC opponents so far this season.
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