Athlete of the Week: Hribar a wall in goal for Seahawks

mbsoc-hribar2Myrtle Beach High goalkeeper Skyler Hribar has been like money in the bank for the No. 4 Seahawks this season – with lots of zeros.

In his first season as the Seahawks starter, the junior netminder has posted 11 straight shutouts in 11 starts, with a streak of more than 1,000 minutes in goal without giving up the goods.

“It’s been a pretty good experience so far, and I like the pressure of trying to hut teams out,” said Hribar, who was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week for his work between the pipes. “Our back line is solid and we know that we can’t lose if we don’t give up a goal.”

It’s a scenario Hribar couldn’t have imagined just two years ago as a junior varsity player who had lined up at virtually every position on the field – except goalie. His decision to give the new job a shot has turned into a smart move for both him and his teammates.

“Our JV team needed a goalie so I decided to give it a shot,” Hribar recalled. “I felt like I was taking one for the team at first because it was hard coming off the field but I really like it now. I just want to carry on the tradition of all the good goalies who we’ve had in the past.”

So does Seahawks coach Jason Himmelsbach: “Skyler is a terrific competitor and is a great player for our team.  He is tough as nails and gives the team everything he has effort-wise. I think that having a solid rock in the nets for us has a tremendously positive impact on the rest of our team.”

But it didn’t start out that way. Myrtle Beach went 1-3 in the season-opening Raising Cane Soccer Tournament, allowing seven goals in the first three outings against the No. 1-ranked teams in Class 1A, 2A and 4A.

But that all changed when the regular season got underway. Hribar has not allowed a goal since March 1. The Seahawks have allowed only two goals during trash time in a 7-2 win over Wilson, but Hribar was sick and did not play.

The streak of shutouts has the Seahawks back up to No. 4 in the Class 3A rankings after falling out of the poll after their 1-3 start. It also has given Myrtle Beach a renewed sense of confidence in its team and goalkeeper.

“We had a lot of injuries in that first tournament and we really didn’t get much practice in before we went,” Hribar said. “But we’ve been clicking ever since and we’ve done real well in our region. I think we’ve got a good chance to go pretty far.”

Especially if they don’t give up a goal.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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