Goalie's season follows a nearly perfect script

Q&a Lane Cheek, Aacs, Soccer

November 13, 2008|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Annapolis Area Christian School senior goalie Lane Cheek wants to become a film producer. She had to be impressed with the script the team came up with this season.

In capturing their third straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference championship last week, the Eagles finished the season with a 19-0-1 mark. The title did come with some drama, as the Eagles edged Towson Catholic, 1-0, in the title game, with the goal being scored with only six minutes left.

Cheek, a captain and four-year starter, had a lead role, allowing just four goals in the team's 20 games with 93 saves. Maintaining a 4.1 grade-point average, Cheek visited the University of North Carolina-Wilmington over the weekend and also is considering a couple of schools in California to pursue a major in film production.

Cheek is an active member of her youth group at the Church at Severn Run. Every summer during her high school years, she has gone on a church mission to help people in need. She has traveled to Evansville, Ind.; Nikiski, Alaska; and New Orleans last summer. This summer, the soccer team will go to Jamaica for two weeks and work with orphanages and help direct soccer tournaments.

Her elder sister, Paige, was a prolific scorer at AACS before playing for and graduating from Liberty University.

What was it like late in the championship game when the game was still scoreless?

We played amazing defense. The first half, I think I may have touched the ball maybe once. In the second half, they had a few more shots, but really our defense has been amazing all season long. We were hoping to score a little earlier than that, so it was a little nerve-racking, but after that first goal, it was like a weight had been lifted off.

How was this year's title different?

Some of us got emotional and cried a little because that was the last game we played together. And then just hugs - it was happy and sad at the same time. Then you see the underclassmen from the team that we all love, and it was really encouraging to see how much they have grown with their skills and as people.

What has been the big key to the team's consistent success?

Really, I think every year, but especially this year, Coach [Paul] Brophy works with us a lot about coming together as a team, on and off the field. They open their house to us and have four kids, but during the season it's like they have 22 kids. They just really help us bond. You could see it off the field; we got together all the time. Then on the field, passes just connected. If you have a bond, it really shows on the field.

What was your first impression in goal?

I used to beat myself up a lot if I let a goal in. I would get down. But I think it was my grandpa who told me that you have to get through 10 other players before it gets to you. So you win as a team and lose as a team, and it's not just one person that makes the difference.

What are some of the responsibilities you enjoy as goalie?

The past two years, Coach Brophy helped me understand that I had to be a voice in the back, and it's kind of like a coach-on-the-field type of thing. You can't just stand there if the ball isn't around; you're always talking to your teammates, yelling, "Man on" or "Mark this girl." You have to keep your eyes open and help out your teammates because they can only see so much.

What was the trip to Alaska like?

It was a totally new experience. We got to go on hikes, and it was beautiful. Just to see the change in population and having daylight for almost 24 hours, it was all very interesting.

What about New Orleans?

That was a real eye-opener. It's been a few years since the hurricane, and there were still houses with boards on them and yards that have grass taller than I am. It's just so run down, and I think we've kind of forgotten about it. So it's just really an eye-opener to go down there and see that people are still struggling and need help.

How is your senior year going?

It's been a blast. Our whole class has really come together, and we're trying to do class events all the time and get our whole class involved. We've really set goals for our class to be leaders for the underclassmen and set the tone for the year. It's been really fun.

How different is it being a senior?

You wouldn't think it would be a whole lot different, but it really is a lot different. The freedoms you have - like senior lunch when you can leave campus - just little things like that make you feel special.

How important is it to set a good example?

It's huge. They'll see how you lead, and it might be an example to them on how they want to lead or how they want to do things different and maybe do things better.

How did you get interested in becoming a film producer?

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