By DAN GOLDMAN
He doesn't score a lot of goals, get credit for many assists or see his name in the newspaper very often which means Summerville High School soccer player Jeff Calfee is doing his job to near-perfection.
Sandwiched between the offense and defense at midfield, Calfee is the meat in the middle for a Bears team that is turning into the surprise of the Mother Lode League.
As Summerville's defensive-minded midfielder, Calfee, The Union Democrat's Athlete of the Week, has the Bears (9-6, 4-2) tied for first place atop the Mother Lode League standings. Although Summerville is hardly an offensive juggernaut (10 goals through six league games), the Calfee-led defense has been more than up to the task, allowing a stingy 1.2 goals per game in league play.
"In every game, he is the key," Bears coach Qani Berisha said. "Everything goes through Calfee. He controls the middle of the field. He wins balls to start the counter attack and he stops opponents right there."
And that's all the glory Calfee appears to need. Although he has the skills to play forward and rack up a lot of goals, he's more concerned with being the glue that holds the Bears together.
"The importance of being a midfielder is holding the team together," Calfee said. "You have to be able to move the ball back and forth and keep everything together as a unit."
Berisha is also more than happy to keep Calfee a team captain along with Adam Aubel and Scotty Morrison in the middle where his cool head keeps the Bears from going into panic-mode when things get tough.
"Jeff's very calm," Berisha said. "That's very important because when a player panics, that's when he makes mistakes. Plus, he's got a really good attitude."