24 Hawkeyes to Watch (Athletics Experiment)
2019 Oct 21
There is an intellectual side to being a goalkeeper on a NCAA Division I women's soccer team.
Senior Claire Graves has that type of analytical mind as well as the physical attributes that have made her a four-year starter for the University of Iowa soccer team.
"I like to say goalkeeping is an intellectual position," said Graves, a Noblesville, Indiana, native who intends to pursue a career in medicince.
"You have to think and read. You're only called upon every 10-15 minutes, if that. You have to be mentally engaged to what might happen. My ability to think analytically is what gives me an edge, but sometimes it can bite me if I overthink, but most of the time, I have the ability to think ahead, and that helps."