|Two left feet: That's a good thing for SSHS' Brody Dyer|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Feb. 20, 2004 -- Brody Dyer has two left feet, and that's a good thing.
Dyer, left fullback on the Sulphur Springs soccer team, has learned how to utilize his left foot better to make his position more valuable, and SSHS coach Andy Holt said the transition has helped transform the senior into a rock-solid player.
"I came in here last year, and Brody was a junior who didn't play much as sophomore," Holt recounted. "We had him step in, and you could just tell he was going to be extremely good. As the year progressed last year, he just got better and better.
"I put him at left back last year, and he wasn't great with his left foot, but he's trained himself to send the long ball with his left foot. That's pretty big for a lot of high school kids who are predominately right-footed."
It's even more impressive when Holt recounts how few mistakes Dyer has made, with his left or right foot, as the Wildcats have gone 12-6-1 overall, 5-1 in District 14-4A play.
"Brody hasn't had a bad game this year, hasn't really had a mistake this year," Holt said. "He hasn't done anything dumb. He's played completely every game."
Dyer, an All-Tournament selection at the Kilgore tourney, excels at both defending and at making good decisions as to when to push the ball upfield offensively. He's had several assists this season by running down the line and crossing the ball to a forward.
"When you can do that, you can create some scoring opportunities," Holt said. "He's done a great job with that, and we've needed it because we haven't had as many scoring opportunities as we would have liked."
Dyer, who went to Como-Pickton schools for five years, was a relative late-comer to soccer, not playing it until the fifth grade. He realizes he has made great strides in skill level the last couple of seasons.
"I haven't really had many complaints," Dyer explained. "Usually, I get down on myself if I think I did bad in a game. But, it just makes me play harder in the next one.
"The transition to left foot was difficult. It just took a lot of practice, and eventually, I started feeling more comfortable."
Holt attributes that comfort level to plain ol' hard work. Dyer, the son of Kenneth Dyer and Cindy Bain, has taken the label of "potential" and turned it into "success."
"A lot of kids have potential, it's just a question of whether they're going to work hard enough to fulfill that potential. Brody Dyer has," Holt said. "He's very unselfish, team-oriented. He works very hard, loves to play soccer and loves to compete. When you see that in a kid who wants to play hard, you know they're going to get better and help your team."
Dyer has already helped one team: he was a member of the SSHS cross country team that won the 11-4A championship. He also competes in track.
He has big plans for the Wildcat soccer team as well.
"Our goals for this year are to be district champs and to go further in the playoffs," he said. "If we play like we have been, we'll be pretty successful, I think."