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Blackhawks' Babcock ranked high in West Coast soccer


Last updated 11/27/2019 at 12:24pm

CHENEY – Blackhawks senior goalkeeper Trae Babcock recently took part in the annual EXOS Select 50 instructional showcase, held Oct. 10 in Carlsbad, Calif. where he and others were invited to perform with other top NCAA recruits in front of coaches. According to former Cheney High School boys soccer head coach Rene Caro, Babcock was acknowledged as the third-ranked player on the West Coast, the second-ranked goalkeeper on the West Coast, a top “Under the Radar” recruit and scored as a No. 1 class of 2020 recruit by the NCAA.

“I think this is a testament to what it means when you have a dream that makes you want to get out of bed every morning,” Caro said in an email. “Trae was not too sure about pursing soccer in college at our end-of-year player/coach meetings (in spring 2019); instead wanting to pursue swimming, a sport that he excels at too.”

Babcock began his high school career on junior varsity and then as back up to keeper Dalton Mauzay before earning the starting slot last year. Caro said he was a huge part of Cheney’s undefeated Great Northern League season, winning regular season and District 7 titles before losing in regional action to Grandview, cementing the Blackhawks top-seed to regionals with a last minute save in the district game with Clarkston.

Caro said he felt Babcock should have been selected as the GNL’s defensive player of the year, but instead was named to the all-league first-team as goalkeeper.

“We knew there was raw potential, but it was not evident of just how good he was until we got ourselves a goalkeeper coach to work with him individually, and give him constructive feedback in a field that Nick (now head coach Hamer) and I could not,” Caro said. “Trae is an athlete in every sense of the word, and I still think he has more untapped potential under that big frame of his.”

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