As a freshman, Landon Uldrick found himself thrown directly into 4A competition, serving as the starting goalkeeper for the Greenwood Eagles varsity soccer team. Now a junior, Uldrick finds himself as a leader and veteran for the Eagles, helping lead his team to a 4-1 start in the early portion of the 2013 season.
“I have a lot more of a comfort level now,” Uldrick said. “My first year, I was kind of hesitant about what to do and when to do it. Now, I don’t have to really think about what to do, I just do it.”
During the summer of 2012, Uldrick played on the reserve squad for the Palmetto Bantams, the PDL team that plays their home games in Greenwood. The junior goalkeeper is expected to be on the first team for the Bantams this summer, as he will join collegiate players from Clemson and South Carolina, among other schools in the Southeast.
Current Lander University player Clement Vichal is a first year assistant coach and explained that Uldrick’s play has been critical in the Eagles’ success so far this season.
“He (Uldrick) is very good on his line,” Vachal said. “He makes very good decisions and has made a bunch of big saves for us so far. He is very important to this team’s success.”
Much of Uldrick’s responsibility as a goalkeeper involves communication with the rest of his team, something that he takes great pride in.
“My biggest strength is communication, I’d say,” Uldrick said. “I’m able to keep everyone in the right place, and make sure we all know our jobs and where we are supposed to be.”
As the Eagles prepare for the remainder of the 2013 campaign, Uldrick explained that their first goal in mind is to capture a Region I-4A championship. With only three seniors on this year’s squad, the play of experienced players such as Uldrick will be key as they chase after their ultimate team goals. They are currently 1-1 in Region I-4A play.
“We are a lot younger than we have been in the past,” Uldrick said. “We have guys that are talented, but just haven’t played that much on varsity. But I think with each practice, and as we play more, we will keep getting better and better.”