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Schramm provides security for ARC

By: Ray Hacke Journal Sports Correspondent
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Andrew Schramm always believed he could be one of California’s best community college goalkeepers. To prove it, though, the Del Oro High graduate had some obstacles to overcome. Schramm recently completed his sophomore season with the American River College men’s soccer team, which he led to an 11-5-6 record (5-1-2 in the Big 8 Conference) and a California Community College Athletic Association playoff berth. Just a year ago, such a scenario seemed unlikely. As a freshman in 2008, he had to compete for playing time with two other goalies, which rattled Schramm’s confidence. “With goalies, it’s a big deal who gets the minutes,” ARC coach Paul Hansen said. “College coaches tend to stick with one goalie the whole game.” Last year, Schramm didn’t see the field at all. He had to sit out for academic reasons. “In school I slacked off a bit and didn’t do what I was supposed to do,” Schramm said. “I didn’t live up to my responsibilities as a student. “It’s a great highlight of my life to learn from it and come back this year. I’m passing all my classes for sure. I’ve had a better semester this year than I’ve had previously at American River.” As it turned out, the time off benefited both Schramm and the Beavers. “It’s worked out great for us,” Hansen said. “He’s more mature and he’s better (as a player) than he was a couple years ago.” Schramm split time with another goalie to start the season, but eventually won the starting job outright. That gave him a sense of security that boosted his confidence – and his game. “It helped my nerves a lot for Coach to show 100 percent faith in me,” Schramm said. “It helped me not to wonder if I was going to get benched at a certain point in the game (after a mistake). It calmed me down and helped me get settled in and start playing the game.” Schramm was among California’s leaders in goals-against average for much of the season. He finished the season 21st with an average of 1.10, having made 65 saves and allowed 19 goals in 1,555 minutes of playing time. Among Schramm’s best assets as a goalie are his soft hands, his ball distribution and throwing skills, his even-keeled temperament and his ability to not leave the goal wide open, according to Hansen. “He knows his boundaries,” the coach said. “He doesn’t go after balls he can’t get to.” Schramm has also been more consistent in goal, Hansen said. “He hasn’t given up any real soft goals,” he said. “When he did that his freshman year, it made you wonder if he’d do it again. He has not done that this year.” Schramm owes at least some of his success to former Del Oro teammate Casey Bernard, an ARC defender. “Casey’s got great speed,” Hansen said. “Not a lot of guys get behind our defense to go one-on-one with our keeper.” Undecided on a major – he’s leaning toward business – Schramm has yet to choose a school to which he plans to transfer. Hansen believes his goalie is probably best suited to an NCAA Division II program. Wherever he winds up, Schramm’s ultimate goal is to keep playing soccer beyond the college level. “(Major League Soccer) is a realistic goal for me,” he said. “If not in MLS, I do want to play professionally. It’s always been one of my dreams ever since I started playing soccer. It’s always been a passion to me to play at the pro level.”