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Wings rookie becoming acclimated to indoor game

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at 4:47 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at 7:37 a.m.

Missouri at Wings

When: 7:35 tonight

Where: Hartman Arena, Park City

Records: Missouri 8-6, Wichita 4-7

Radio: KGSO, 1410-AM

Edvin Worley is a rookie in almost every sense of the word. He's a first-year forward with the Wings, and he had never previously played indoor soccer.

He never really planned on playing indoor soccer, either. Worley didn't have any firm plans, but when he found himself in the Midwest trying out for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, he heard about the Wings' efforts to fill their inaugural roster.

Worley has at times been lost in a crowded group of attackers, but as that group has thinned and Worley has shaken his uneasiness while adjusting to the indoor game, his confidence has risen. The Wings play host to Missouri on Saturday night.

In Wichita's 12-10 win over Missouri on Dec. 10, Worley scored the game-winner, his first goal of the season.

"I think that I just needed to break the ice," Worley said. "I think this one goal that I already scored, I think it's breaking the ice and it's going to be easier for me to score. I've been scoring in (practice), so I think now that I finally got my game goal they're going to keep coming."

Though he has designs on a career playing outdoors, Worley is the type of player who can thrive on the small-field turf. For a player to become acclimated to the indoor game, finding his strengths is a must.

Worley's assets play well indoors, most notably his speed. He can outrun defenders to create one-on-one scoring chances, and at 5-foot-8, he can swiftly cut through them.

"Indoor is more one-on-one and going straight to the goal because everything is so tight," Worley said. "Everything is smaller than the outdoor field, so getting used to it takes a lot of training. We do it constantly — training so you can get comfortable. That has definitely helped me."

Worley was born in England and moved with his family to Florida when he was 11. After high school, Worley had a chance to play professionally in Europe, but he chose to stay in the United States and attend Boston College.

After his career with the Eagles, Worley again had options. He auditioned for outdoor teams and could have returned to Europe, but he wound up with the Wings as their second-youngest player. He turns 22 in July.

There was an adjustment period for every Wings player since it's a first-year franchise, but Worley's learning curve was sharper since he had no indoor experience.

"I always took cues from the veteran players because I'm new to the game," Worley said. "I'm always trying to learn off of them. I don't think it's because I'm one of the youngest guys, but being a rookie you want to prove to everybody that you belong on the field."

Worley could begin to see an expanded role within the Wings' offense. Playing behind Jamar Beasley, Freddie Moojen and Chile Farias, Worley found limited chances in the first two months.

But the Wings released Farias, their second-leading scorer, before their most recent game, giving an opening to Worley and others.

"I've always been trying to score," Worley said. "It helped when (Farias) was here, because he'd always be able to find you in different positions on the field. It's up to me personally to get the goals. Play as a team, and when I get the chances to score I have to finish."

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