Cody Lang is one of the best goalkeepers in the nation and plays one of the best teams in the country.
How good is Lang? In the first four games of the year he hasn’t given up a goal. His effort has helped the Falcons start the year 4-0.
Without question, talent has played a big part in Lang’s success. But he is quick to deflect the credit to others.
“All of the credit goes to my teammates,” Lang said. “They have made my job an easy one. So far this season, they have only allowed six shots on target. More than half of those shots were easy, routine saves.”
Lang and his teammates have already tied the school record for shutouts to start the season, matching the mark set in 1993. Lang ranks sixth all-time in shutouts for a goalie at the school (21). He needs one more to move into the top five.
“The defense has been the key to our success,” Lang said. “And when I say defense, I don’t necessarily just mean our back line. Everyone from the forwards to the center backs have bought into the system the coaches have designed for us, and the results speak for themselves.”
There is no question, though, that Lang has done his job as well, and that is a credit to the time he put in during the offseason, displaying the dedication it takes to be an elite player.
“I really focused on our defensive tactics. I wanted to learn how every position factors into how we defend and how I can problem solve during the games if something isn’t working,” Lang said. “I believed that if I could learn each player’s role, it would not only progress me as a goalkeeper, but also build more confidence for my teammates.”
Experience also helps as well. Last year, Lang earned first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors, recording 10 shutouts along the way.
“This being my third season, I know how things work and what is expected of me from the coaching staff,” Lang said.
The Falcons marched all the way to the Elite Eight a year ago and their hope is to take it a few steps further this season.
“It was a great achievement, but overall, we are looking for much more than that,” Lang said. “We want to be playing in the Final Four, for a national title. I’m sure my teammates would agree we believe that we will be there this year.”
On a personal level, Lang simply wants to remain dependable.
“I would like to continue to be someone my teammates can count on,” Lang said. “If I can be a rock in the back, then that allows them to focus more on their jobs at hand, which ultimately will help our team win games.”