BERLIN - Coming into its season, Berlin boys soccer knew what it had with Noah Silverman, but the Redcoats were uncertain about the goalkeeper position.
Five games into the season and three shutouts later, Jack Nelson is slowly developing into one of the better keepers in the area.
In the offseason he made sure to work at his new position by attending camps and it has paid off so far.
“Jack is a converted keeper,” Berlin head coach Sal Parafati said. “This year we were in a difficult situation because this year we didn’t have a keeper with any varsity experience.”
His third shutout came against Bristol Eastern on Saturday.
“It’s impressive for a field player to be converted and turn in all of these awesome performances,” Parafati said.
Although Nelson didn’t face many shots, he made one impressive save against Lancers forward Jacob Woznicki.
For most of the game, the Redcoats’ defense kept the ball in front of Nelson. Late in the first half, though, the Lancers had three players crowding the net and got a shot off right in front of Nelson that was denied, showing his composure under pressure.
If Nelson keeps his play up, Berlin is in good position this year with Silverman leading the way on offense.
“I have all the props for him,” Silverman said. “It’s not easy what he’s doing at all and I think he deserves a lot more credit than he gets.”
Against the Lancers, Silverman had a pair of assists and a goal.
“Noah [Silverman] is an awesome player,” Nelson said. “He’s all over the place, making runs, calling for the ball, and he knows if he makes a mistake he owns up to it. He’s the playmaker. He scores goals, he gets assists, he makes chances. He’s just an all around awesome player.”
The Redcoats go as Silverman goes.
“Noah did what he does best,” Parafati said. “He finds space and he has that attacking mentality that we’ve been getting out of him for the past three years.”
Even being shadowed by one or two defenders at times, Silverman was still able to find an open lane in order to create his shot or use the defense’s focus on him to open up an opportunity for a teammate.
Now 4-1, Berlin has answered its question at goalkeeper. If Nelson continues to grow as a keeper, the Redcoats may have a successful season ahead of them.
“If we play how I know we can play, the sky is the limit,” Parafati said.