Broadview Heights, Ohio has produced a gem of a soccer star in David Maier. The senior has made his mark on the program and continues to be a factor during his final season. Some may have heard his name before from leading the team in both his sophomore and junior years in scoring. This season he is playing midfielder so he won’t be able to score as much, but he will continue to create opportunities for his teammates.
Playing a different position always offers its obstacles, but Maier is taking it in stride.
“I played forward for my first three years,” Maier said. “Now I have a new role, but its okay with me. The position I’m in now gives me opportunities to get things going for the other forwards. The coaches felt that I could be better utilized at midfielder, so I’ve just embraced the role and play to win.”
Even though Maier’s individual talents make him a great player, his attitude makes him an even better teammate.
“Right now all I’m focused on is closing out with three wins in the Ivy League,” he said. “We started pretty strong and then ended up having a tie against Dartmouth. That tie felt more like a loss because it came in the closing minutes and we were leading the entire game. Now we can still make the tournament as long as we play our game.”
If the team wins the Ivy League title the Penn Quaker men’s soccer team would be headed to the NCAA Tournament. Tournament play means a lot to David and is something he is definitely looking forward to.
“In the tournament anything can happen,” he said. “My sophomore year we hosted Seton Hall and won. After that we moved on to play UConn. That game was intense. We were at their house and we competed in six inches of snow. The game kept getting snow delayed but we eventually played and it was awesome.
“It was sort of surreal playing one of the best teams in the country in a hostile environment as snow flurries were coming down. In the tournament, of course you always have hopes of a national championship, but you also get to play against the best. That gives us a chance to measure ourselves against the best in the country and to go against athletes of that caliber is something to be appreciated.”
Through his career David has earned several all star accolades. Some include earlier this year the Coca-Cola Panther Classic All Tournament team and last year being second in the Ivy League in assists. But, if you ask Maier his goals for the year you won’t ever hear any all-star talk.
“I just want to be on the field as much as possible. Anyway I can help the team I want to,” Maier said. “My goal for the year is to just become the best midfielder I can be.”
Since this is Maier’s senior year he’s definately taking advantage of these last opportunities.
“It’s almost over. I don’t think it hit me to just recently. The year is almost over and it feels like I’m trying to delay the inevitable. We definitely have a sense of urgency, everyone can sense it. Time is ticking and we need wins.”
Maier would of course like to leave Penn a champion. This should happen if the team captures that sense of urgency that he alluded. If the Quakers follow the lead of their strong senior squad, they should have nothing to worry about.
~ Written by Von Bryant, W’07