Goldsmith working well with teammates

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Mar. 20, 2007 - Sarah Goldsmith has a career goal of becoming a lawyer after she graduates from Sulphur Springs High School.

She'll get no objection from her soccer teammates on the way she plays.

Goldsmith, a three-year letterman for the Lady Cats, hasn't scored a goal this season, but the senior affects the game in many other ways as an outside midfielder.

The most obvious impact is the connection she has with senior striker Gayle Grand-Lienard, who is the recipient of many balls sent ahead by Goldsmith.

"I feel like when I have the best games are when my teammates are having their best games," Goldsmith said. "I feel Gayle and I work well together with through-balls and running up and down the line. I haven't scored, but I have a lot of assists."

Head coach Martin Bryant hasn't moved Grand-Lienard from side to side much this season as she scored her school-record 31 goals. Instead, he has relied on the working relationship between her and Goldsmith.

"She's a big reason that Gayle has been so successful this year," Bryant said. "They have some kind of a bond going on between the two of them so that they work well together. Gayle is a smart player, and so is Sarah. She really listens to Gayle.

"I've left them together on the same side because they work so well together."

Of course, that's not all that Goldsmith does. In fact, as an outside mid, she is expected to go from one corner on defense to the other corner on offense. She was an Honorable Mention All-District selection last season.

"Sarah runs the line for us. Outside mid, in our style of play, runs more than anybody else because she's got to get up," Bryant said. "She marks up in the back, she gets in the corner with them, then she turns around and is down in the other corner trying to get a cross in to someone else."

Sharing the ball with others is easy because Goldsmith said the team members are very close. They had a goal not to let inner turmoil keep them from the playoffs, as it did last year.

"I like everything. What I like about our soccer team is that we're close-knit," Goldsmith said. "We're best friends, especially the seniors — we're insanely close. We're each others' friends and family."

That unity will be important as they enter the playoffs because they are going up against one of the top teams in the state in McKinney Boyd. The bi-district match is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Ron Poe Stadium in McKinney.

"We wanted to be district champs. We let that slip, but going to the playoffs is just as good because we can prove ourselves," she explained. "I love Coach Bryant, and that has helped us pull together a lot more. Our goal was to have a drama-free year after last year. We've done really good after last year."

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