Hale to compete for starting keeper spot in third professional season
Greenville, SC (February 3, 2023) – The Greenville Triumph has announced the re-signing of goalkeeper Ben Hale, pending league and federation approval. Hale will return for his third season with the Triumph and should be in the mix for the starting goalkeeper position following the retirement of Paul Christensen.
The Furman alumni joined the Triumph squad in 2021 as the third keeper after a shortened collegiate season. As a Paladin, he was named SoCon Goalkeeper of the Year, First Team All-SoCon selection and help lead Furman to a SoCon Tournament title and NCAA Tournament second round appearance in 2019. Hale started in 54 matches for 4,795 minutes with a 1.03 goals-against average.
Hale worked his way to the backup goalkeeper position in 2022 and appeared in each of the club’s preseason matches. He missed the final third of the season due to injury, leading to the club signing Jared Mazzola in August. With 2022 starter Paul Christensen’s retirement, Hale and Mazzola will compete to earn Greenville’s starting spot and hope to extend the hallmark of stellar defense the club has become known for in its first four seasons.
“We’re excited to welcome Ben back to the squad,” said head coach John Harkes. “After dealing with injuries last season, we’re happy he’s healed and look forward to him returning to fitness this preseason. He’s a great shot-stopper and has high character. We’re looking forward to seeing him compete on the field and get back out in the community with the club.”
Hale joins a group of 14 returnees and three newcomers signed for the 2023 season. He will feel right at home in Paladin Stadium on the Furman campus, the new home stadium for the Triumph in its fifth season. Greenville will hold its Home Opener March 25th against the Richmond Kickers at 7:00 PM. To purchase season tickets, click here.