When it comes to penalty kicks, Wake Forest assistant men’s soccer coach Jon Lowery believes that “all the pressure is on the shooter, not really on the goalkeeper.”
Staying cool as a cucumber was easy for Demon Deacon goalkeepers, who allowed only 14 goals during their 2007 National Championship season.
Here are some of Lowery’s goalkeeping tips, which you can use to make your opponents dread taking the PK.
• Set your body in a comfortable, athletic position with knees slightly bent, feet shoulder-width apart and hands in front of your body
• Focus on your opponent’s eyes, body and kicking foot to see if they reveal where the ball is going
• Study film on your opponents’ tendencies to help you make an educated guess as to where the ball will go
• Lead with your arms and hands when diving to make the save
• Tense up and place all the pressure on yourself
• Pay attention to the scoreboard or your teammates, who are counting on you
• Take a blind guess as to where to dive once your opponent kicks the ball