Season Preview: Goalkeepers

Aug. 12, 2013

The Bronco last line of defense has changed behind the scenes in 2013. Senior Maddy McDevitt and freshman Bailey Anderson are training between the pipes under the direction of first-year assistant coach Ed Moore. Moore, after spending the past two seasons at Seattle University, has been training the Bronco goalkeepers and fine-tuning their skills.

"Right now I am assessing where the goalkeepers are both technically and tactically," said Moore. "I'm evaluating the players based on the core elements of the position and what the position demands. This means I'm assessing their decision making, how they support the players in front of them and how they are distributing the ball. I'm finding their strengths and weaknesses and then I will clean up their techniques and add elements to their tactical decisions."

McDevitt made 19 starts in 19 games at goalkeeper for the Broncos last year. The Edmonds, Wash., native allowed 24 goals for a 1.25 goals against average. McDevitt made 67 saves for a 73.6 save percentage, which is good for top five in save percentages in the Bronco record book. McDevitt finished her junior campaign in 2012 with a record of 8-8-1.

"Maddy has seen many games and has spent a lot of time at higher levels," said Moore. "She has a lot of match experience and is very comfortable in a game environment. She's an excellent organizer and is a vocal leader. Maddy is very powerful and explosive, and has the ability to make a push and make a big time save because of her power and explosiveness."

Bailey Anderson came to Boise State from Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Wash. Anderson was a four-year letter winner and earned 3A All-WESCO honors her junior and senior years. She also recorded a school record of 10 shutouts in her sophomore season.

"Bailey right away adds athleticism to the position," said Moore. "She is very clean technically, especially with her catching. Both Bailey and Maddy bring a strong work ethic to the position and the team. They are willing to put in the work and are doing everything I am asking them to do."

Head coach Jim Thomas and senior goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt already see the impact Moore has brought to the Broncos.

Although McDevitt is in her final season, she believes the goalkeepers will be a strong position now and in the future thanks to Coach Moore.

"We didn't have a specific coach for the keepers last year," remembered McDevitt. "Having coach Ed is great for us. I'm sad that I only get one year with him, but it's great the underclassmen get to develop with him for many years. Right now we are focusing on positioning and our footwork and then building off those ideas."

"The goalkeeper position is a strength of ours now," said head coach Jim Thomas. Ed Moore is developing our keepers' techniques and tactics. Bailey Anderson came in at a Division I fitness and knowledge level, which is not ordinary. Our senior, Maddy McDevitt, came into spring camp very strong and has only gotten better into fall practice."

The Broncos will start their first full week of practice on today, gearing up for the season opener against Idaho State on Aug. 23 in Pocatello. Check back in for previews on the rest of the field players.

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