Junior Caitlin Dumond has been one of the key cogs to Harker Heights’ first postseason run in 10 years this season. In her first full season playing goalie at the varsity level, Dumond has been a part of a record eight shutouts in league play by the Lady Knights. Dumond, known as “Bambi” to her teammates, has earned high praise from head coach Jared Cruddas, and heading into a rematch with Midlothian on Friday, is only looking to get better as the playoffs begin.
How long have you been playing soccer?
Since I can remember. Starting out with little league. Since I was like 5.
Have you always been a goalkeeper?
No. Sophomore year, I started playing for my travel team. And then halfway through soccer season here, the coach figured out that I was playing goalie, and he was like, “we’re going to train you,” because their senior was leaving. So, this is my first year playing all goalie.
What position were you playing before?
Mainly defense and midfield.
What was the toughest part about the transition to full-time goalie?
The running. I didn’t mind it, but … I guess it’s good because of my knees. It takes a little bit of pressure off of them. But it’s a lot more work than I thought.
What is it like to be a part of a team with a record eight shutouts in district play?
I’m honored to be a part of this team. I love these people. I’m going to miss my seniors. I’m glad most of the defense is staying here for next year so we have something to look forward to again.
Where do you feel like you improved the most this year?
My saves. I’ve gotten a lot better at that. Reading the ball. I feel like my last game was probably my best game. Oh, and my punts.
How long have you been known as “Bambi”?
My eighth-grade year.
Where did the nickname come from?
My friend. Apparently whenever I sprint I stride. And I guess it resembles a deer. And then there were two Caitlin’s on the team, so (my teammates) were like, “we’ve got to fix this.” And I said, “you can think of a name.” First, it was “Giraffe” and I said no. Then they said “Bambi” and I was like, “I guess.” So, it stuck, and that’s what everyone calls me.
And this one you’re actually cool with?
Yeah, I’m pretty used to it. Some of the teachers call me it.