Because the sport of soccer is usually low scoring, having a good goalkeeper can keep you in any match.
Which is exactly what Oscar Rodriguez did for Arlington Sam Houston, earning him the Player of the Year on the 2013 Star-Telegram boys soccer Super Team.
Boys Soccer Super Team
F Hunter Owens, Sr., Aledo: Selected the 12-4A MVP after leading the Bearcats to the district title.
F Chris Johnson, Sr., Burleson Centennial: Scored 32 goals and added 13 assists; was named the 16-4A MVP.
F Marco Ramirez, Jr., Granbury: Selected 15-4A MVP, helping the Pirates to undefeated district campaign.
F/M Kevin Rodas, So., FW South Hills: Selected 13-4A MVP as sophomore for district champion Scorpions.
M Jorge Cuadra, Sr., Richland: A two-time Super Team selection and was named district MVP for the second consecutive year.
M Uriel Pacheco, Sr., FW Paschal: Was the District 3-5A Offensive MVP.
M Chase Lankford, So., Mansfield: Two-year letterman as a sophomore; was selected the 7-5A midfielder MVP.
D Micah Clarke, Sr., Arlington Lamar: Was defensive MVP in District 3-5A.
D Salvador Garcia, Jr., FW Trimble Tech: Was defensive MVP in 13-4A for the surprising district champion Bulldogs.
D Colton Huie, Sr., Richland: A four-year letterman and was selected 4-5A defensive MVP.
D Jacob Lightcap, Sr., Birdville: Defensive MVP in 11-4A, helped steer the Hawks to the regional semifinals with three playoff shutouts.
GK Oscar Rodriguez, Sr., Arlington Sam Houston: All State selection posted 16 shutouts, 0.41 goals-against average.
The senior keeper posted 16 shutouts this season, guiding the Texans to an undefeated run through District 3-5A with a 0.41 goals-against average.
Hes only 5-10, but he reads well, he anticipates, Sam Houston coach Joey Rodriguez said. Hes got great technique and hes done everything right. He definitely plays a lot taller than he really is, just the way he reads the angles and all that. I think hes the complete package.
Rodriguez ended his career as a four-year letterman and was the 3-5A MVP this season, as well as being named to the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches All-State first team.
Being a third-year starter coming into his senior year, I expected him to take a bigger leadership role and bigger interest in the team overall, and I think he did just that, coach Rodriguez said. He exceeded my expectations and really just did a phenomenal job on and off the field and it shows. We had a great record and went through district undefeated and he was a big reason.
The keepers experience was key to his success, allowing him to get the defenders around him into the right positions.
He was able to push kids and get kids in the right places and the right situations, so I contribute a lot to him, coach Rodriguez added. He was definitely a coach out there and thats valuable for any team or program looking to go forward and do something special.
Having a trusted backstop actually helped fuel the Texans offense as well.
It enabled us to push players forward and get more guys in attack, Rodriguez added. Knowing that we had a keeper there that, if we had a breakdown and allowed a one-on-one against Oscar, we felt we had a good chance with Oscar back there.
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