Macy Enneking has played with her back to the goal for years, but the junior has a new perspective this season with the Hilliard Bradley High School girls soccer team.
Enneking has switched from preventing goals as a keeper to scoring goals for the Jaguars. It's a role she readily accepted for the betterment of the team.
"I liked moving into the field, where there is definitely a lot less pressure," said Enneking, who had a team-high five goals through 13 games. "When you're a goalkeeper, you have all the pressure on your shoulders. You make a little mistake and everyone notices that you gave up a goal.
"If you make a mistake as a field player, you have more of a chance to make up for it or your teammates can pick you up. It's just you back in the goal."
The Jaguars lost eight starters from last year to graduation after finishing 11-5-2 overall and going 3-2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to place third behind Dublin Jerome (5-0-1) and Darby (5-1). That prompted coach Becky Alcox to approach Enneking about the position change.
"We lost so many seniors up front and it was good to have Macy move up there," said Alcox, whose team was 5-6-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Dublin Scioto on Oct. 2. "She can serve a ball really well and she's really tough. She has the physical features. She's tall, she's athletic and she can strike the ball really well.
"She knows the game really well, which is probably from watching it from the back all of those years. She knows where the ball needs to go and finds her teammates quickly. It's been nice to have that presence up top, and it speaks highly of her that she would come out of the goal when I asked her in order to help the team."
Enneking said playing in the field has given her a new appreciation for the situations her teammates face when she is protecting the goal.
"Definitely being a field player helps me see a different side of the field and gives me a new perspective," she said. "When I'm in goal for (my) club (team), I can be hard on my teammates for not winning a ball in the air or finishing crosses. When I'm out of the field, I see that it's a different game. It's a lot harder than it looks. You can't see the whole field like you can as a goalie, when you can see what play is going to happen."
Though only a junior, Enneking has committed to the University of Iowa as a goalie. She has a 4.0 GPA and likes the sports medicine program at Iowa, which is one reason she made that early decision.
Enneking believes the decision to move into the field also will help her down the road when she steps back in goal.
"I think being out here (at forward) helps my foot skills as well," she said. "Playing goal in this generation, you have to play with your feet. You have to be basically the fifth defender. You don't just use your hands anymore."
Alcox said the lineup adjustment has been a plus for everyone.
"Macy is scoring goals, so I can't take her off the field," Alcox said. "She will play some in goal, but since she's scoring goals, it's hard to take her off the field.
"Right now, she is enjoying being out in the field and getting better as a field player. That will help her to be able to read the game at the next level when she steps back in goal."
Postseason underway for golf teams
The boys and girls golf teams began the postseason Oct. 2 with Division I sectionals.
The boys competed in a sectional at Darby Creek, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Apple Valley.
The girls team played in a sectional at Mentel Memorial, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
From both district tournaments, the top two teams and two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to their respective state tournaments Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State.
Girls tennis team set for sectional
The girls tennis team is playing host to a Division I sectional Thursday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 6.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament Oct. 11 and 13 at Reynoldsburg.
Senior Corinne Dixon and sophomore Nina Kisin are seeded third in doubles for the Jaguars, who were 7-9 before playing Worthington Christian on Oct. 2. Senior Cat Whetstone and sophomore Reyann Askar make up the Jaguars' other doubles team.
Senior Karay Hill, sophomore Dhriti Sanyasi and freshman Madison Kennedy all will play singles at sectional.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Watterson
*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Darby
*Oct. 9 -- At Darby
*Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Dublin Jerome. The Jaguars lost to the Celtics 25-18, 21-25, 25-12, 19-25, 15-10 on Sept. 4.
*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto. The Jaguars lost to the Irish 25-18, 25-14, 25-19 on Sept. 6.