The starting keeper through the 2012 championship campaign, was greatly responsible for the Royals becoming one of the most difficult teams to score against. He tended 2 shutouts with a 1.42 GAA (Goals Against Average) in 2012, while strong performances came against the top 2 scoring teams in the conference, Erie Admirals (1.00 GAA) and Detroit FC (1.67 GAA).
Ben was the anchor in the Royals successes in the 2012 post-season, frustrating Detroit FC in the first round with countless memorable saves. He then helped solidify AFC Cleveland’s conference title victory versus the Erie Admirals holding Erie scoreless following a Royal defender being sent off, then stonewalling the final Admiral penalty kick to earn the Royals victory in overtime.
Andy Hoggarth, Head Coach, “I am delighted that Ben has agreed to sign for us for another year. The performances and competition for places between our goalkeepers last year was great so naturally Ben was one of the players we wanted to get signed early. Ben provides us with all the aspects of a good goalkeeper, is a very good communicator and is very good with his feet.”
Aaron McGuiness, Assistant Coach, “He is a good keeper and did really well for us last year. We’re very happy to have a familiar face back in goal.”
David Schmac, Director of Player Personnel, “We wanted to build our new team last season with skill, but also positive character. Ben provides both. We couldn’t have accomplished what we did without him and I’m sure coaches, returning players, fans and the supporters group will be very pleased with his signing.”