Baughman earning respect
The Washington High School boys’ soccer team is enjoying rare success so far this season. One of the big reasons for that is its junior keeper, Jacob Baughman.
Baughman, 17, is currently one of the best keepers in Class 2A in the state if you go by the numbers. According to Quikstats, his 63 saves through four matches are tied for ninth and his 0.913 save percentage is tied for tops among keepers who have played at least 320 minutes in the net.
“I prepare in a lot of different ways. I watch Major League Soccer keepers and how they play. I have benefited from a lot of different coaching,” Baughman explained.
The fruits of Baughman’s labors are starting to become visible in the win column and in the program getting respect. The Demons are undefeated in conference play and they have received votes for the current Iowa High School Soccer Coaches’ Association ranking.
“To be in the rankings, that’s only been a dream that Washington soccer players have had. To be part of it actually happening is a real honor,” Baughman commented.
It wasn’t always this way for Washington boys’ soccer, though. Baughman remembers the challenging times.
“My first two years in this program were really a struggle. We came to practice and no one really cared. Our lifting program was nowhere near where it’s at now. Everyone else made a joke of Washington soccer and treated it as a practice for them,” Baughman stated.
Baughman has been playing soccer as long as he can remember and started playing keeper two years into his young tenure. He is looking forward to the rest of this season.
“We want to keep winning and put Washington soccer on the map. I just want to be the best keeper I can be,” Baughman elaborated.
Baughman is the son of Jeff Baughman of Tacoma, Wash., and Arnel Baughman of Washington. With him in goal, there is a good chance that Demon boys’ soccer will continue its rise toward respectability.