Casey Beyers has held his own against the best in the MIAA A Conference. Now, the Archbishop Spalding soccer goalie will get an opportunity against some the country’s best.

Beyers has been invited to tryout for the U.S. under-17 National squad this week in Bradenton, Fla. Though he recently received official notification, Beyers said an invite was possible after competing with Maryland under-17 ODP team at the Rider Cup tournament in New Jersey earlier in the summer.

“I was really surprised,” said Beyers. “This is the ultimate being a soccer player.”

“Casey has shown tremendous commitment to the game over the last three years, and deserves this opportunity,” said Spalding coach John Coppola. “As a freshman, he was thrown into the fire of being a starting goalkeeper in the A Conference. He took his lumps, and now he’s one of our leaders.”

Beyers played both soccer and baseball his first two seasons at the Severn school before settling into soccer. He garnered a spot on the Bethesda Real squad, then made the state ODP team last fall. Beyers competed with the state team in England during spring break.

“I didn’t want to do it because I thought I wasn’t good enough,” said Beyers, who stands 6-feet, four inches. “It gave me a boost of confidence. If I see an opportunity I should take it.”

Now, another opportunity is knocking at Beyers’ door. Not bad considering he came to Spalding to play baseball.

“I go from a high school goalkeeper to this,” Beyers said. “I just want to continue working my hardest.”