CONCORDIA, Kansas — Cloud County Community College sophomore Kegan Lammering will be heading home with a chance to continue his collegiate playing career as the goalkeeper signed with Park University, a NAIA program just outside of Lammering's hometown of Kansas City.
"I liked the facilities there and the coach is really nice," said Lammering when asked why he chose Park over his other offers. "I feel like I am going to get a lot of good playing time when I go there. They had two keepers leave this year and are bringing in myself and one other goalie. There will be three goalkeepers on the team and I am ready to compete for the starting position."
Lammering, who plans on majoring in Sports Medicine, originally came to Cloud County as a forward, but has since shined in his role as the T-Birds' backup goalkeeper.
He made five career appearances in goal, including three starts, finishing with a 2-1 overall record and 17 saves
Lammering's said his time as a forward proved to be instrumental in his development as a goalkeeping, claiming the experience will help give him an edge as he moves on to the next level.
"I know what forwards look for," Lammering said. "I know how to get around and see what they want to do, which allows me to be a better goalkeeper."
Cloud County head coach Charles Long expressed the same sentiments as, his conversations with the Park University coaching staff during the recruitment process, he recommended they take a look at Lammering as a goalkeeper.
"I was talking to the Park coaches and they were looking at Keegan as a forward. But I told them 'Kegan is a good forward, but you'd be insane not to put him in goal,'" Long said. "He was unlucky to be stuck behind Charles (starting goalkeeper Charles Albuquerque), who is now playing professionally in Brazil. Kegan is an amazing goalkeeper with a good attitude and good work ethic."