There are not many soccer players out there that can say they have loved the game since they were born. Nick Beevers, Varsity Soccer Senior of Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, however, quite literally exemplifies this. Nick’s first stop outside of the hospital he was born in was actually his sister’s soccer game.
From then on, Nick was on a mission to achieve greatness in the sport. Scooping up the Section 2 Class B Keeper of the Year award in his sophomore and junior seasons with hopes to become the first keeper to win three in his senior season this year.
Nick credits his success to Goalkeeper Coach Ryan Brooks of Siena Men’s soccer, with whom he has worked since he was nine years old. “He always instilled the mindset in me that I’m the best… and then the awards just proved it along with my showing on the field.”
As we countdown the days to the start of the new spring soccer season, Nick reflects on his past seasons that led him to where he is now.
Nick has been on the varsity team since eighth grade and became the starter in his freshman year. Since then Nick has played 52 games, making 173 saves and averaging 59 saves per season with an astounding 80 saves in his freshman year. He is going into his senior year with a 55% career win-rate and coming off of Cobleskill’s best season in recent years.
Cobleskill ended the 2019 regular season with an impressive 13 wins and 3 losses earning them the 5th seed in the Class B Sectionals bracket. They would go on to steamroll Corinth and Tamarac in the first two rounds, only to eventually suffer a heartbreaking 4-1 defeat in the semi-finals against Class B giant Ichabod Crane.
The 2019 Cobleskill squad had an outstanding season and Nick Beevers believed it was all due to chemistry and experience. “That team was together for modified where we actually went undefeated… and we have just been improving ever since and that’s just been the core. And last year, we just knew it was our time.” The team’s tagline for that season was “make a statement,” and they sure did that.
Nick has practically trademarked the goalkeeper punt in Class B. He can easily switch between a drop-kick or side volley punt, depending on the condition of the field. From the film I have watched and what I have seen in person, the accuracy and distance of Nick’s kicks are some of the most notable aspects of his game. He has even recorded an assist from one of his punts.
Nick looks forward to competing every year against his long-time club soccer partner, Senior Edgar Gomez of Ichabod Crane, who actually netted two goals on Nick in the 4-1 sectionals defeat last season. The two play together at Albany Alleycats and Nick has nothing but respect for his game. “He’s just a crafty player. Me and him get along great, but when we play against each other we are definitely competitors.”
Captain Nick Beevers and Cobleskill enter his final season without 10 seniors from last season, and only 4 returning starters. It is a new season with a young and fresh squad of underclassmen. Nick feels very confident about the new players and also looks forward to guiding them alongside other upperclassmen to ensure another great season with hopes of achieving even more.
“I am going to have to make the big saves, they’re going to have to score the goals and we are just going to need to make big-time plays during the games.”
Nick Beevers is committed to playing college soccer at SUNY Morrisville while studying Criminal Justice starting this fall.
Nick, who is also a die-hard Manchester City fan, has his eyes on another Premier League title at some point this spring. Manchester City is currently 10 points clear at the top of the table.