Goalkeeping is the one unique & specialty position on the soccer field that is unlike the others. Goalkeepers have the liberty to use their hands to keep shots out from hitting the back of the net. World Class Premier strives to offer the next level of training to all our players, including our Goalkeepers. We have the privilege to keep a dedicated Goalkeeper Coach on staff.
Coach Torsten has played this position since he was 8 years old all the way through College! He has valuable personal experience to invest in the next generation. Coach Torsten utilizes a wide variety of goalkeeper specific drills which focus on shot-stopping, reflexes, communication, positioning and last but certainly not least; footwork for youth of all ages.
It is essential that the goalkeeper is not only quick and light on their feet, but they also serve as the first line of offense. The goalkeeper must be able to distribute the ball out of the back effectively while also serving as an outlet pass for his defenders when needed. Coach Torsten‘s close attention to detail while teaching the proper techniques allows the goalkeepers to gain the most out of each training session.
2014: Started in 17 games. Made 65 saves and had 8 shutouts. Posted a 0.78 goals against average behind a .812 save percentage in 1726:22 minutes of action. Named First Team All-Landmark. Member of the Landmark Honor Roll.
2013: Started all 16 games he appeared in. Made 62 saves and had 7 shutouts. Posted a 1.02 goals against average behind a .785 save percentage in 1498:54 minutes of action. Named Second Team All-Landmark. Named Defensive Player of the Week (11/4). Member of the Landmark Honor Roll.
2012: Played in 13 games & won 6 games in goal. Made 37 saves and had 3 shutouts.
2011: Appeared in 13 games. Finished the season with an 8-1 record with 46 saves and a .793 save percentage. Named Second Team All-Landmark.
Coach Torsten played at Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland from 2007-2010. During his time there, he won two state championships; 2007 & 2010. In the 2010 championship season he helped lead the team as one of the captains to the Maryland state title. Coach Torsten received numerous accolades in 2010: 1st Team All-County, 1st Team All-Gazette, 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Met Washington Post.
Following hishigh school success, he was granted an opportunity to continue his soccer career at the next level. He played at Catholic University in DC from 2010-2014 & was part of the class with the most wins in the program's history. Similar to high school, He finished off his senior year as one of the captains of the team, ultimately leading the team to a Landmark Conference Championship & the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. He was honored with 2nd Team All-Conference in 2010 & 1st Team All-Conference honors in 2014. Additionally, in 2016 was named to the Landmark Conference All-Decade Team.
Technique. Form. Function. It is inherent for young aspiring players first learning to play the beautiful game to quickly gain an understanding of what their bodies are capable of achieving. Everyone has their own unique characteristics & talents. However, for a player to have the ability to grow both mentally & physically, it is essential to dig down deep, below the surface to find the passion that drives them.
Coach Torsten takes great pride in educating the youth of tomorrow to provide an immediate positive impact on the soccer world as we know it today. Making training sessions & games an enjoyable activity for all parties involved is on the forefront of his coaching philosophy. Lacking this vital aspect in any event on or off the field, will never yield the desired final results. By implementing this type of environment on the training ground, it helps his players grow immensely.
It was stressed upon him at a young age that everyone needs to get the most out of each training session in order to leave a positive lasting impression in a game. Regardless of differing ability or age, Coach Torsten found that the the most beneficial training sessions come from teammates pushing one another. As a coach, he find this disciplined approach allows players to seek & best fulfill their potential. Hard work, dedication & the desire to become better is all that he can ask for out of a player. Anything above & beyond, intangibles, are purely complimentary to an already solid foundation.
Being mentally sharp is one of the most overlooked aspects in the game of soccer. After spending the majority of his playing career as a goalkeeper, Coach Torsten takes great pride in not allowing 'down' time during a match to affect his ability to make that one game-winning save to lead his team to victory. Now, as a goalkeeper trainer & coach, he feel that he is blessed with the ability to translate his past experiences into an educational tool for the youth learning the intricacies of the game.