Goalkeepers

GOALKEEPERS

The mission of Tonka Fusion Elite's goalkeeper program is to develop goalkeepers who live and play with passion, integrity, and courage and empower them with the tools they need to succeed on and off the soccer field. We believe that our goalkeeper is critical to our teams' success and we invest in their development with that in mind. All of the club's goalkeepers are put into one of three training pools designed to provide focused curriculum to specific ages/ability levels of keepers and ensure the best training environment for each. With at least 2-3 coaches on hand at most sessions and 2-4 goalkeeper-specific training opportunities each week, any Tonka Fusion Elite player interested in developing her or his skills at the goalkeeper position will have the opportunity to succeed.

Our older and more experienced Tonka Fusion Elite goalkeepers are placed in smaller groups designed to refine their skill set and build on the things they need to do individually to take their game to the next level. Many of our goalkeepers have aspirations of playing in college and beyond, and we aim to prepare these players with all of the technical, tactical, physical and mental skills that they need to achieve their dreams.


2021-2022 GOALKEEPING INFORMATION

Training Schedule:

Fall Season: 1 time per week

Winter/ Spring: 2 times per week

Summer: 3 times per week

Our training consists of growing the goalkeepers in all facets of the position. Here are the key areas we work on during goalkeeper training, we desire to create the ‘total goalkeeper’ 

  • Training Themes:

  • 1v1 Decision Making Situations  

  • Crossing 

  • 1st goal, 2nd goal, 3rd goal situations  

  • Footwork  

  • Timing in the air  

  • Distribution  

  • Goal Kicks  

  • Punts 

  • Throws  

  • Passing/ driven ball  

  • Diving  

  • Low ball diving  

  • Mid Range Diving  

  • Extension Diving  

  • Shot Stopping 

    • Hand shape 

    • Body Shape 

    • Body Control/ Balance

    • Timing of set 


GOALKEEPING STAFF

TARAH HOBBS - Director of Goalkeeping

  • Director of Goalkeeping, U of MN
  • Former Men’s & Women’s Goalkeeper Coach, Bethel University
  • Former NCAA D1 Player, U of MN
  • Former Big Ten GK of the Year and All-Big Ten First Team
  • Professional Playing Experience with Ostersunds DFF of the Elitettan League in Sweden

Contact Tara via email


JOHN MOENING - GK Staff Trainer

  • Men's & Women's Goalkeeper Coach, Hamline University
  • Goalkeeper Coach, multiple Minneapolis Metro High Schools
  • Former DIII All-Conference Goalkeeper at Hamline University
  • 8+ Years of Youth Goalkeeper Coaching Experience

BRENDAN RENNIE - GK Staff Trainer

  • Full-Time Master's Student, University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management
  • Former D1 Goalkeeper, University of Central Florida (UCF)
  • Former UCF Student-Athlete President
  • Training stint with Minnesota United FC First Team in between collegiate seasons
  • Training stint with Orlando City B in between collegiate seasons
  • Former 4-year US Development Academy Goalkeeper, Minnesota Thunder Academy & Shattuck-St. Mary's Soccer Academy