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EU alum Meyer earning respect at D-II level

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EU alum Meyer earning respect at D-II level

EU 2012 graduate Madison Meyer, who is playing center fullback for Notre Dame de Namur as a sophomore, kicks the ball out during a 2-1 overtime victory over CSU Monterey Bay last Thursday.

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POSTED September 19, 2013 1:09 a.m.

East Union 2012 graduate Madison Meyer has earned a starting spot at Notre Dame de Namur in only her sophomore season.

And for a starting underclassman, Meyer is beginning to earn respect from the rest of her teammates as well.

“We have such a big senior class, I’m taking my opportunity as a sophomore to step up and be a leader,” said Meyer, who has played every minute of every match thus far for the Argonauts. “I’m just taking on the role as a foundation player and someone the team can depend on. It’s hard to be an underclassman, but when the upperclassmen are giving you respect, you just have to run with it.”

Meyer has also been adjusting to a new position at center fullback.

She grew up playing as an attacking midfielder for the Lancers and at Central Catholic, along with other competitive soccer squads.

Meyer, who transferred to EU after playing three years of varsity soccer for the Raiders, was recruited to Notre Dame de Namur as a defensive midfielder.

She is now the director of the backline and one of the team’s defensive standouts

“It’s kind of neat playing a totally different position than what I’m used to,” she said.

NDNU is off to a 2-3 start and will open up Pacific West Conference play today at home (Belmont, CA) against Dixie State University, followed by Point Loma Nazarene Friday.

Last Thursday, Meyer helped her squad defeat conference rival CSU-Monterey Bay in overtime, 2-1.

“If we win the (PWC), we can go to the (NCAA Division II) tournament this year,” she said. “We’re really hoping we can push through and win our conference.”

The NCAA D-II tournament is scheduled to begin on Nov. 15 in Evans, Ga.

This past summer, Meyer spent some time playing with a 19-and-under team that won a California State Cup in the NorCal Premier Soccer League.

The California Northstars, based out of Alameda, went 4-0 on its way to winning the title at the Ripon Sports Complex.

“We had girls from St. Mary’s College and NDNU players on the team,” she added. “We came together and won the state cup, which was something all of us girls wanted to do.

“It was fun playing the midfield and getting points on the board at (EU) and being able to represent. It’s also nice to know I played for a team and a community that was behind you.”

Meyer was an all-league player at both Central Catholic and East Union.

She started playing soccer at age 10 in Manteca recreationally, but most of her competitive playing days were spent with the Modesto Ajax. Her junior year of high school she also competed with the Elite Club National League with the Mustang Soccer Club (Danville, CA).

Meyer was then recruited and played with the Pleasanton Rage of the ECNL her senior year of high school.

Meyer credits a lot of her success to her father, Vince, along with Gordy Lang and Troy Dayak -- a retired U.S. National team player and a MLS Hall of Famer.

“She didn’t even have to tryout for the team,” said her father. “She was accepted based on a verbal recommendation from (Dayak).”

Dayak was also the coach of the Northstars 19U team this past summer.

“I would like to thank (Lang and Dayak) and my (NDNU) coaches,” she concluded. “They are the reason why I’m here and they motivated me to get where I am.”

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