Andover goalkeeper Ryan Brimager has been playing soccer since he was 6 years old. He loved the challenge of being a good keeper for the Trojans this past season for his senior year.
“Being the goalie, making those big saves and just being the man in the back that everybody looks up to is really what I love the most about it,” he said.
More than that, Andover boys soccer coach Chris Lemons said that Brimager is as good a role model off the field as he is a leader on the field. Tabor College liked both qualities enough to recruit him. Brimager signed a letter of intent to continue his soccer career at Tabor next school year.
“Just the environment, obviously the soccer program is a big part of it. Really the school in general is a really good fit for me. It’s been a great feeling,” Brimager said.
Brimager was a team captain for the Trojans this past season, and he was a vocal leader for the defense. Lemons said he will be missed.
“I’m really excited for Ryan to see him go on and continue to play at Tabor,” Chris Lemons said. “The fact that they’re a good academic school, but also have a good program that’s been around for a while…I’m pleased he decided to go there.”
“It’s kind of bittersweet. He’s been the starting keeper for the three years….It’s tough losing him, but it also lets a younger guy step in and fill the role. I’m excited to see the future of the team coming up, the high school team, but then also, I’m excited for Ryan’s future at Tabor.”
Tabor coach Grant Brubacher said that Brimager will step right in and compete to fill the starting goalie position, which will be open next year.
“We were in the market for a good, young goal keeper, and we were just impressed with him personally and impressed with his abilities,” Brubacher said. “For a high school senior, he’s a good technical goal keeper. He has good size, he has good athleticism. The off-the-field stuff is also really important. He’s a good student, has good character. He’ll fit in really well with our program.”