Women's college soccer

Lang to take goalie talents to Thomas College

Three-time state champion to play for Terriers
By Zack Miller | Apr 15, 2019
Photo by: Zack Miller Izzy Lang.

Waterville — The four high school soccer seasons for Isabelle "Izzy" Lang were nothing short of remarkable.

The senior goalie, who made 150 saves in 50 career games and anchored a defense that had dozens of shutouts over the years, at Camden Hills Regional High School collected three straight Class A state championships during her sophomore through senior seasons, while st missing a fourth state championship appearance in her freshman campaign, when the Windjammers lost to Bangor 3-2 in the regional final in 2015.

The Lincolnville native will take her strong keeper pedigree from the coast of Maine to the inland section of the state, as Lang has committed to play for the Terriers of Thomas College in Waterville.

"I decided to play for Thomas because it felt like family when I did my overnight [stay]," said Lang. "The coach was so welcoming and kind, and the girls immediately accepted me like I had been on the team for years, and I had known them for a long time. The school was also just amazing; it was small and everyone knew each other, and I just loved that."

"Thomas stood out because of the location and the feeling I had on campus," she said. "I knew when I stepped foot on campus I wanted to go there. It was just a gut feeling."

"Izzy has risen to the challenge many times in her career here at Camden Hills," said Windjammer girls soccer head coach Meredith Messer. "I have no doubt that she will do the same at Thomas. She has been in many high-pressure games and performed amazingly. I know she is very excited to get to the next level, and I am excited to go see her play."

The Terriers compete in the North Atlantic Conference, and had a strong 2018 season, as the team finished with an 11-5-1 overall record, and a 6-0-1 conference mark, but fell in the NAC conference title game to the University of Maine-Farmington 3-1.

Contact between Thomas head coach Deb Biche-Labbe and Lang started last season.

"[Biche-Labbe] saw me at a few games and showcases and emailed me telling me she liked what she saw, and that we would keep in touch," said Lang. "From then on, we were in pretty consistent contact about my schedule, so she could watch more of my games."

"Coach Deb is just amazing," Lang said. "She is so outgoing and really seems to push her team to do the best they can while still giving them understanding and respect. She reminds me a lot of Tammy Krul, who helped me achieve many of my goals and pushed me to be a better goalie, and I believe Deb will do that as well."

Thomas was not the only college soccer program to come knocking on Lang's door, as Husson University in Bangor and St. Joseph's College in Standish made pitches for the Windjammer goalie.

"St. Joes didn’t have a criminal justice program, and that was my main interest," Lang said. "I also didn’t meet with the soccer team mostly, because when I was on campus I didn’t have an immediate 'home' feeling. The same went for Husson. I really liked the school location, but I wasn’t as interested in their programs."

"Thomas had a better criminal justice program, in my opinion, to offer," she said. "My dad also works just a few minutes from Thomas, so it was a much more convenient place for me to go."

The future double-major in criminal justice and forensic psychology believes the success she experienced during her high school pitch career will help carry over to the college ranks.

"I feel like the level of intensity that Camden pushed me too will help get me ready for higher competition," she said. "The winning really only played the roll of showing that hard work pays off, and if you keep working hard you can achieve your goals such as a state championship."

With her first college season still months away, Lang already has set goals for her campaign.

"I would like to be the rookie of the week, and I would also like to win a conference title," she said.

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