Riverview boys soccer coach Mickey Namey worried about violating rules that could risk his player’s eligibility.
Even though, in the case of goalkeeper Ludger Oelck, that player was an exchange student from Germany.
“We had to make sure,” Namey said. “We want the WPIAL to clear him and everything. I was champing at the bit. I was trying to get him as soon as I could. We had to wait a little bit. It was worth the wait.”
Oelck made his debut four games ago during a 0-0 tie against Vincentian, and Riverview has given up two goals since — both in a blowout win over St. Joseph.
Getting a keeper with international experience was not exactly something Namey was counting on as Riverview (8-4-1, 7-1-1) dug itself out of an 0-4 hole, but the early returns have certainly been favorable.
“He’s helped us tremendously because he’s a natural goalie, and he let us take a field player out of goal and add an extra guy to the bench, which we could use,” Namey said. “Picking up Oelck as our goalie has been a big turning point of our season.”