WDEL Athlete of the Week

Middletown's Bierlein - WDEL HS Athlete of the Week

By Sean Greene Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 3:25pm
VIDEO: Interview with Middletown's Tyler Bierlein
Middletown soccer goalkeeper Tyler Bierlein is this week's WDEL High School Athlete of the Week.

The junior made 9 saves in a 1-0 victory over once-beaten St. Georges Tuesday afternoon.

Bierlein, who made a point blank save on a breakaway in the first half, said defensive unity was key.

"It was probably one of the best games we played this year. We all played together and stuck together. We played together as a team, and we were fine."

Tyler is a converted striker, and says his former role on attack helps him with some skills near the goal line.

"Putting the touch on the ball (kicking) and clearances. Goal kicks, I was a striker so I could hit the ball pretty hard."

Middletown head coach Brian Derrickson says Tyler is vital to the Cavs' success

"He's the guy we count on when things aren't going well to make a big save. He's also the key to our offense by starting attacks out of the back. His saves turn into attacks."

And Middletown hopes those attacks lead to goals needed to get to this year's state tournament. The Cavs have an important Flight A battle with Delcastle Thursday afternoon.

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