Scher credits her father for on-field success
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 18:09
Fifth-year senior goalie Sarah Scher grew up in Pocomoke City, Md., watching her two older sisters excel in the game that would take her all the way to becoming the starter on the Delaware field hockey team.
Scher’s eldest sister, Rachel, went on to play at Cornell University. But Scher said her biggest influence comes from her father, Marc.
“He’s literally been all around the country with me and just always been by my side every step of the way,” Scher said. “I play for myself, I play for my family, but I just know his support next to my goal cage. He’s always on my end, and I look at him and it gives me that extra drive to really make him proud.”
Now, in her final season, she is ready to lead the Hens both on and off the field.
Scher said she wanted to come back for one more year because of the work she had put in prior seasons.
“I have been working at it for four previous years and wanted to give it the last victory lap for the girls, for the team, for the coaches, for the university,” she said.
Her career at Delaware has been a rough one. After sitting out for the 2009 season to protect her eligibility, Scher wound up suffering a knee injury and did not play in the 2010 season.
Under new head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof in 2011, Scher appeared in five games as backup to Noelle Diana. Scher allowed five goals and made five saves in her 71:47 of playing time.
Van de Kerkhof said Scher has grown as a player from year to year.
“Every year, she has taken a step up,” van de Kerkhof said. “That’s what you want in your goalkeeper. Because she has done so, she has become more of a reliable member of our program, and with that, she’s earning trust from her teammates.”
Even though Scher has played for the majority of her life, there are some things she said she still needs to work on, including her decision making and consistency.
New goalkeeping coach Kim Kinsella said if Scher allows herself to play in the moment, she is a very strong goalkeeper.
“She just kind of needs to keep herself calm and play what she sees, not what she thinks is going to happen,” Kinsella said. “When she reacts, she has good reactions, so she just needs to focus on what is happening in front of her.”
Kinsella said both her and Scher are getting to know what will work this season in the cage. Scher is also working well with the new freshmen class and is acting as a mentor, Kinsella said.
Van de Kerkhof said Scher is working very hard to make sure freshman goalkeeper Fran Orella is prepared for this year and to take over Scher’s duties in goal next season.
“Sarah and Fran are our goalkeeping unit right now,” van de Kerkhof said. “They spend a lot of time together. Hopefully, Fran can learn from the more experienced player, and hopefully, that’s going to pay dividends in weeks and months to come.”
At the moment, van de Kerkhof said Scher’s confidence is high and she has continued preparing over the summer. He said Scher worked this summer at the field hockey camps at the university.