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BOYS' PREP SOCCER: Elizabethtown's Goblirsch has more in store for 2008 (08/17)

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By Nathaniel Bryan

 

By NATHANIEL BRYAN nbryan@thenewsenterprise.com ELIZABETHTOWN During a shooting drill in a practice last week, Jack Goblirsch missed the goal and instead plunked the passenger side of a van driven by Elizabethtown assistant principal B.J. Henry. It was a rare off-target calculation by Goblirsch, the Panthers’ star junior central midfielder. “That was probably not the best option at the time,” Goblirsch said. “But she’s a nice lady, she probably wouldn’t care. Her son (Tyler) played on my team my freshman year, so it will be all right.” Goblirsch has been more than all right entering his third season as a starter for the four-time defending 5th Region Tournament finalists. He was a second-team Coaches’ All-State selection last year as well as being voted the Boys’ Area Offensive Player of the Year and Boys’ Area Sophomore of the Year. The humble Goblirsch downplayed his long list of accomplishments. “I guess I try to do whatever I can to help my team win, no matter what it is,” he said. The Panthers lost All-State striker Jordan Maxey and All-State midfielder Conner Link to graduation, but Goblirsch anchors an All-Area midfield which also features second-teamer Ty Strader on one wing, honorable mention Joe Raub on the other wing and second-teamer Nick Link in the middle with Goblirsch. Goblirsch scored 17 goals and assisted on 16 others in 2007, although Maxey and Link – another Area Offensive Player of the Year winner – leave big shoes to feel offensively. “There’s probably more pressure as to doing more scoring and doing more of that, but it’s still the same concept: I’m still going to try to do whatever I can for the team,” Goblirsch said. What Goblirsch does for his Under-16 Javanon club team out of Louisville is come off the bench at right outside striker. The position is different, but Goblirsch produces the same outcome. He scored his team’s insurance goal in a 3-1 win over Rockford (Ill.) Vardar in the Midwest Region semifinals before scoring again July 23 in Javanon’s 4-2 loss to Real So Cal Blue in the opening round of the United States Youth Soccer National Championships in North Little Rock, Ark. “It’s a lot different. The Javanon team, it’s almost on a completely different level,” Goblirsch said. “I’m not saying that high school is not at a high level, but it (club) is a step up. We’re playing the best players off these high school teams.” First-year Georgetown College coach Derek Willis has seen what Goblirsch can do from both sidelines as the former Central Hardin coach was an assistant on Goblirsch’s Javanon team. “I’ve always respected Jack as a player when coaching against him. I thought he was very dangerous and capable of scoring at any moment,” Willis said. “I got to appreciate that a little bit more by coaching with Javanon and seeing just what he could do when given the right opportunity. And when he’s given that opportunity, Jack can do a lot of different things. I think he’s more comfortable in the middle of the field, but for us, we needed him to fill spots on the outside. … He can be ‘the man’ on his team or he can be a supporting member and I thought he showed very well when he got the opportunity at Nationals.” Javanon led by two goals before losing its opener and a miscue led to a 1-0 loss in its second game. But it bounced back with a win in its third and final game. “I thought we were right there with all the teams. We were right there from possibly making it to the national championship,” said Goblirsch, who’s on KyKicks.com’s 2008 Players To Watch list. “Getting there was huge. It was unreal. Winning regionals is something that not many Kentucky teams do. There hadn’t been a Kentucky team to win regionals in a long team. It was a good experience.” After helping Javanon to a regional club title, Goblirsch wants to help Elizabethtown win its first prep regional title since 1994. “He’s shaken the rust off and he’s ready to play,” Elizabethtown coach Jon Parsons said of Goblirsch, who also plays basketball for Elizabethtown and kicked for the football team last year. While it might be natural to expect more from an upperclassman following a solid season like Goblirsch had last season, there is a caveat: With growing notoriety comes more focus from opposing defenses. “He will be (a marked man). We went to camp this summer at Centre (College in Danville) again like we always do and coaches were asking about him already,” Parsons said. “His name is out there. And any coach who does their scouting for their report will definitely key in on him.” On the flip side, Parsons said a lot of teams already knew who Goblirsch was prior to this season. And he still produced. “The goals he’s scored. …. We depend on him and everybody knows it,” Parsons said. “And to be able to do what he does and put up the numbers that he does, he’s a special player and I’m lucky to be around.” Lucky if you’re not in a van driving behind a goal Goblirsch is shooting at, that is. Nathaniel Bryan can be reached at 505-1758