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Central standout, Mantecan earns spot on state team
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Madison Meyer of Manteca was recently chosen by Head 94’ ODP State Head Coach Gordy Lang to compete on the 1994 girls state Olympic Development team for 2010.

Meyer — “Maddy,” to all her friends — started playing soccer at the age of 4 with the Manteca Area Soccer League. From day, one Meyer took a strong bond to soccer, and at age 10 started playing competitively.

Almost six years later at age 15, Meyer competes all over the state in premier showcase tournaments with her Ajax United Elite 94 team.

“Maddy has elevated her game in the past years and her hard work has paid off as she accomplished one of her soccer dreams by making the state team,” Maddy’s head coach, Mark Valle, said. “Maddy plays center midfield for her squad, using her superior vision and sublime distribution to pick opposing teams apart”.  

Meyer is a sophomore at Central Catholic High School in Modesto, where last year as a freshman she was a starting varsity player and a key component to the team and its successful ball distribution and scoring. The all-Western Athletic Conference selection helped the Raiders advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs championship match at Lincoln High in Stockton, where it fell to Ripon.

Maddy is the daughter of Vince and Kelly Meyer of Manteca.

“Maddy has always put the hard work in on the field to do what it takes to reach her goals. We are very proud of Maddy and the great sportsman and young lady she has become” said father Vince Meyer.

Since the age of 4, Maddy has always trained hard and has goals of playing collegiate soccer one day like sister Nichole Meyer, who was recruited in 2008 by head coach Gabriel Bolton of CSU Stanislaus.

Last August, Maddy was invited by coach Bolton to attend an Elite Player ID Camp with 25 top Northern California high school and incoming freshman college players for a weeklong camp of college-level workouts and training sessions.  

The State ODP position will allow Maddy an opportunity to try out for a Regional ODP position at regional camp in mid 2010, which can one day give her an opportunity to be selected to a National team youth roster.