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B-52s’ Dewey finds time for goalkeeping

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 8:17 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.

Tulsa at B-52s

When: 7:05 p.m. Friday

Where: Hartman Arena

Records: Tulsa 1-8, B-52s 3-6

Radio: KGSO, 1410-AM

Jason Dewey loves soccer, but it doesn’t fill his schedule – nor does he want it to.

Dewey doesn’t want anything to dominate his time. He just finished college at Newman University and is trying to line up a job at a sporting goods store. He never planned on playing soccer past high school because he had too much going on.

Fortunately for the B-52s, who have seen improved play in net after handing the goalkeeping job to Dewey in late November, Dewey thrives on chaos. He has won two of his four and has allowed about half the goals of previous starter Nic Martinez.

“I’ve always tried to be involved in a lot of things,” Dewey said. “At school I was doing two jobs, and 19 hours of school, and I was doing soccer, as well. There was a lot going on, and I think that really helps out because it keeps my mind off of things. I can focus on one thing at a time.

“Right now I haven’t really been doing much. I’ve been doing soccer and working out and focusing more on soccer. But I do like the chaotic part of it, like working and doing more things like that.”

After graduating from South, Dewey worked at Cessna, seemingly putting competitive sports behind him after a career with the Titans that also included a state bowling championship.

A layoff from Cessna forced Dewey to reevaluate his options, and he took up soccer again, first at Cowley College then at Newman. The game seemed to be in his past once he was finished with the Jets, but he was prodded to try out for the B-52s by coach Larry Inlow and made the roster, initially as a backup before his recent promotion.

“When I was a little kid, I never thought a dream like this would come true,” said Dewey, 25. “But I stayed here – I played college here, now I’m playing for the city. It’s real tremendous because I have a lot of friends and family here. They’ve always motivated me and told me that I could make it, and it’s really cool that I can play in front of all of them.”

Dewey’s tenure with the B-52s has suited his need for unrest. His first professional game occurred while he was finishing school and working on finding a job. The nerves were prevalent, but like in other disorderly situations, Dewey was able to compartmentalize and find a way.

The B-52s won his debut 8-7 over Illinois, and Dewey followed that with a 9-2 win over Friday’s opponent, Tulsa. Since he became starter, the B-52s have allowed about five goals per game after surrendering more than 10 before.

“I want (defenders) to be comfortable with me in goal, knowing that they don’t have to worry about blocking shots because that’s my purpose in the goal,” Dewey said. “They do a pretty good job with that already, but they need to focus more on scoring goals, and then my job is to prevent them.”

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