Zachary Crane bound for Ontario
Clarke’s Beach keeper named to provincial under-12 male team
When it comes to provincial teams and the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region, you’d expect to hear young athletes excelling in hockey or baseball.
Now you can add soccer to that list as Clarke’s Beach resident Zachary Crane has been named to the provincial under-12 male team and will be travelling to Toronto, Ont., for an exhibition series July 10-14.
The 12-year-old is a keeper with the CBN Lightning football — soccer — club.
At first glance, Zachary appears made for a career between the goal posts. He’s tall for his age, has long limbs and is quick in his movements. His height, combined with his lengthy appendages, makes him an intimidating figure for opposing strikers.
“I’m pretty excited to go,” said Zachary, smiling.
During the trip, soccer may come secondary for the young footballer. The group is scheduled to take in a Toronto FC match with the Houston Dynamo at BMO Field on July 12.
The closest Zachary has come to a professional soccer experience is playing FIFA ’14 on his Xbox.
Getting into goaltending
Zachary started playing “the beautiful game” at the tender age of five. However, his move to goaltending did not come until some years later, at age 10.
That was when the Lightning brought in Gary Forsyth, a Scottish ex-pat, as director of soccer operations. Forsyth, a renowned goal- tending coach, quickly saw the skill the young keeper had and started mentoring him on the finer points of the position.
When asked why he enjoys goaltending, Zachary smiled —there it is again —broadly and stated, “I like stopping the ball.”
Zachary plays hockey with Bay Arena minor and has played goal in the past. During his stint on the ice, he gravitated towards the goal.
“I’ve always liked stopping shots,” he noted.
Zachary’s father, Shawn, sees his selection to the provincial team as a testament to the hard work his son puts into his craft.
“Everything he does, (Zachary) throws himself into it,” he said.
CBN Lightning president Robert Tarrant said he saw Zachary’s exceptional ability early on.
“Zachary had great hands, exceptional speed for reflex saves, fantastic ball control, great positioning in the goal and he was fearless,” he said. “Zachary is a premier goalkeeper and undoubtably the best in his age group in the province.”
It’s not only the professional soccer that Zachary buzzing about his upcoming opportunity. He is also looking forward to testing himself against some of the best talent in his age group.
“I want to see what the other players are like,” said Zachary.
Clarke’s Beach resident Zachary Crane, 12, has been named to the provincial under-12 male team and will be travelling to Toronto, Ont., for a exhibition series July 10-14.