Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gallagher a Goalie-Scorer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gallagher a Goalie-Scorer

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Mike Gallagher was living the dream of anyone who's ever played goalie.

In a tournament game last week against DeSmet, CBC's all-everything goalkeeper moved out of the goal and into midfield. Gallagher scored the game's first goal as CBC went on to a 2-1 victory.

"It was pretty exciting, getting a goal in such a big game, but I'm just trying to do what I can to help my team," said Gallagher, the Post-Dispatch All-Metro goalkeeper a year ago and a second-year captain with the Cadets. "We have some injuries right now, so we're not as deep as we've been in other years. If Coach (Terry Michler) feels I can help the team by playing in the field, I'm all for it. "I still consider myself a goalie and that's where I'm most comfortable, but more than anything else, I want to win and I'll do whatever it takes." Playing on the field isn't entirely new to Gallagher, who has seen action as a defensive midfielder and as a sweeper this season. He played as a midfielder as a youngster in Florissant and last year, in a game against McCluer North, he scored two goals as a forward. He also played as a keeper/sweeper late last season as the Cadets made their run to a second-place finish in Class 4A. "Our goalies do a lot of the drills with the rest of the team and Mike's worked hard to improve his skills," Michler said. "Late last season, we were using him as a keeper/sweeper, which allowed us to open up the field from goal line to goal line. He's good with the ball at his feet and he's an excellent distributor. "This year, because we're not as experienced or as deep as we've been in other years, we decided to take that one step farther and use Mike as a field player as well as a goalkeeper. Honestly, if we were putting our best 11 on the field, Mike would probably be starting in the midfield." The key to CBC's plan is twofold: First, Gallagher has the skills and the smarts to compete and excel on the field; then there's junior Brian O'Hagan, the team's No. 2 goalie. "Brian's a solid goalkeeper," Michler said. "He doesn't have the goalkeeping skills of a Mike Gallagher, but who does? Mike's established himself as one of the top goalies in the nation. …

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