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Bryn Eudy usually doesn’t like to play backup.
But the starting goalkeeper for the Columbus East girls soccer team isn’t just anyone. It’s her older sister, Spencer.
Together, the Eudys have been a formidable sister act in the net for the 16th-ranked Olympians.
They’re a big reason why East is 10-0-1 and on the verge of winning another Hoosier Hills Conference title.
“I love playing backup to Spencer,” said Bryn, a sophomore. “She’s one of the only people I like to play backup to.”
Spencer, a senior, spends most of the time in goal, while Bryn is the junior varsity starter. But when the Olympians are blowing teams out, as they have in most of their games this season, Bryn often gets into the varsity game for part or all of the second half.
“I have several people ask me if that causes problems at home, and it really hasn’t,” said their mother, Karla Eudy.
“It’s been nice. They push one another.
“They’re extremely close,” she said. “I think them sharing that position has been nerve-racking for me more than them because I worry about the competitiveness.”
Both Spencer and Bryn have played soccer since age 5 and grew up playing for the Columbus Express Soccer Club. But being two years apart, they weren’t on the same team until last year.
“When I was in seventh grade, and she was a freshman, we knew it would happen and so did our parents,” Bryn said. “But we’ve never argued about it. We don’t mind it.”
Last year, Spencer was the backup and shared time in goal with then-senior Kirsten Kulich. Bryn saw a little action as the No. 3 keeper.
“I think we help push each other very well because we’re siblings,” Spencer said. “There’s that natural competitiveness between us as it is. I think it helps us a lot.”
This year, the Eudys have allowed only seven goals in 11 games. East didn’t allow a goal in Hoosier Hills Conference play last season and hasn’t yet this year, either.
Much of the credit for that goes to an experienced defense in front of them, but the goalkeepers have been brilliant, as well.
“We were very comfortable with our goalie situation and the quality of keepers that they are,” East coach Ilya Schwartzman said. “Especially on the women’s side in high school, to have two high-quality goalkeepers is a blessing.”
Karla Eudy points out that her daughters are different types of goalkeepers. Spencer is more aggressive, comes out after the ball more and likes contact. Bryn relies more on her quickness to get to the ball.
“Spencer has done a terrific job,” Schwartzman said. “She’s worked hard on her game and has developed very well, and she has been solid in the net.
“Bryn is coming along very, very well,” he said. “She’s made great strides. She could probably start on a lot of the varsity teams around the state. She’s that good. We’re very
fortunate to have both of them on the team.”
The Olympians’ only tie this season came against Roncalli. East finally got past longtime nemesis Columbus North with a 3-2 win last week.
“We lost a couple big seniors last year, and we’re still scoring and playing well,” Bryn said.
“We’ve had a great season so far,” Spencer said. “I’m proud of how we’ve come together and worked because we’ve had a lot of injuries this year, but we haven’t let it stop us. I want to keep the shutout for conference this year,
definitely, and I’d like to win sectional.”
Spencer’s competitive soccer career is likely coming to a close. She plans to attend Indiana University and is thinking about trying out for the rowing team. If she doesn’t make it, she’ll likely play intramural soccer.
“When they got to play high school, they were looking forward to it because they got to play on the same team,” Karla Eudy said. “I’m sure when Spencer goes to IU next year, it’s going to be difficult for both of them.”
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