Norton nobly fills void in net |

Norton nobly fills void in net

FARMER’S KORNER – One glaring need met the Summit High School girls soccer team when it convened for the first time last month.

There was no one to tend the goal.

Last year’s graduation had stripped the Tigers of Betsy Sodaro, who had played keeper the previous two seasons. Summit was left with only position players.

Then Jaime Norton and Shelley Mauch came to the rescue.

The sophomore duo has limited goalkeeping experience and entered the season as defenders. But they saw a need and volunteered to fill it.

“I’m going to work as hard as I can so I can help my team as much as possible,” said Norton, who appears to have the inside track on the starting job.

Norton actually thought about playing net during the winter as it became clear that there were few other candidates. She approached the coaching staff during the second day of practice about the possibility, and head coach Charlie Krupanszky and assistant Dirk Parmley were glad to give her a shot.

Parmley has converted the SHS wrestling room into a goaltending learning area, working with Norton and Mauch on the basics of hand and footwork, cutting off angles and diving after balls.

“I need to learn a lot,” Norton said. “I need a lot of experience with everything.”

With no help on the horizon, Norton is digging in and preparing to play net for the rest of her high school career. She’s not doing it reluctantly, but she’s aware of the sacrifice she’s making.

“I want to help in the field too, but it will probably end up that I’ll be working at goalie for the next couple years,” she said, “because there’s no one, unless we have a transfer from another school.

“I had looked forward to being in the field, but I knew that we needed someone to be in goal and no one was willing to be goalie, so I just decided to step up.”

Mauch will likely spell Norton during the season, allowing each to play some defense in the field.

Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at

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