Dragons midfielder using June to find new select team

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While June doesn’t warrant a lot of activity with select soccer, it’s still a pretty important time for those who are trying to catch on with a new team.

That’s where Carroll senior-to-be Walker Beasley is. The expected three-year starting center midfielder has spent the last couple of weeks preparing for and subsequently going through tryouts with the Texans out of Fort Worth and Solar.

Of course, there’s pressure. To make one of these teams will make it easier for doors to be opened for college recruiters. The more they see prospects in live competition, the truer the evaluation. The tryout period usually ends at the end of this month.

“It’s pretty competitive out there,” Beasley said. “There’s probably about 30-40 guys in each of these tryouts going after maybe four or five spots. I’m bringing me and my guitar [which really means his feet].”

Beasley is doing this because his longtime select team is pretty much folding. So the concentration must be fierce and the refinement of fundamentals is paramount. Beasley is an accomplished player, but he also understands there are no guarantees.

So far, the college attention has been light. Beasley said his main interest is coming from the University of Texas-Tyler. Had the tryouts not been successful, Beasley said he would maintain by working out in private and attend college soccer camps in order to create some kind of impression.

While Carroll’s season ended in the Class 5A Region I semifinals in a loss to Flower Mound Marcus, Beasley said he felt like he continues to benefit from playing in head coach Greg Oglesby’s diamond formation, where he could play off the strengths of the likes of graduated seniors in midfielder Tommy Price and defender Brad Rostron, along with senior-to-be midfielder Jack Parrish.

“I knew their strengths really well and loved the scheme,” Beasley said. “I physically grew a little more with those guys and had more confidence in my team. I realized I had to prove myself because I was younger and show those guys I could contribute and add a lot more to the team.”

Any polished soccer player has to be confident using both of his feet when out on the competitive playing field. To be dominant in one foot means to be scouted by the opponent easily. Beasley is naturally right footed, but he’s reached a point in his career where he feels more comfortable with his left foot. That takes repetition and discipline.

The summer continues with Beasley just making sure he stays in shape. Personal workouts are augmented by running two or three miles each day. He’s also grown a couple of inches to reach nearly six feet.

This is a time of wondering and admittedly a little uncertainty. But given his background in the sport, Beasley will find a way to create his own opportunity.

“If you can use the points that Coach Oglesby uses and works hard, you can reach a lot of different heights,” he said. “You just have to keep working and keep getting better.”

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