Hinsdale Central senior Christian Meyer felt comfortable his first three seasons on the soccer team because at least one of his brothers was also playing for the Red Devils.
Meyer will have to relax a different way this season, but the forward is expecting to have an even bigger impact on a team with lofty expectations.
“This will be my first year as the only Meyer brother,” Meyer said. “It will definitely be a different dynamic. My older brother (Will) showed me the ropes and then last year it was definitely nice to have my twin brother (Mitchell) on the team. It’s nice to have someone to talk to after games and dissect what happened.
“There are pros and cons. I think it will be easier to be a leader because no one is undermining anyone. It will be interesting.”
Meyer, who was promoted to varsity for the postseason his freshman season, was the Red Devils’ leading scorer last season with 10 goals and 12 assists to help the team reach the Class 3A Argo Sectional final. His work earned him Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association all-sectional honors.
While helping the team win is his top priority, Meyer does have some individual goals.
“I’ve been working hard the past year staying in shape,” Meyer said. “I want to build on my success. I want to score 20 goals and maybe make an all-state team. I want to continue to get better.”
Hinsdale Central coach Mike Wiggins appreciates his star player’s calmness during pressure-packed situations.
“Christian brings a relentless attacking mentality and a competitive spirit to the up-front position,” Wiggins said. “He has an ability to open up a game at any moment, and I’m specifically referring to games against top-ranked teams.”
Meyer scored the only goal in Hinsdale Central’s 1-0 regional semifinal victory over Kelly a year ago and netted a goal in a 3-2 overtime win over St. Ignatius in the regional final.
“There are a lot of games during the high school season and there may be some games you don’t quite take as seriously as others,” Meyer said. “Those games might be harder to get focused, but everyone gets pumped up going against the top teams. I’m normally a person that wants the ball in and around the box. I want to make something happen, whether it’s me scoring a goal or someone else on the team scoring. I try to create.”
Meyer also shines in the classroom and received the Scholastic Achievement Award for having at least a 4.5 grade-point average on a 5.0 scale. He plans to visit Cornell next month with Mitchell, who is playing for the Chicago Fire Academy this year and may end up playing for the Big Red. Christian Meyer participated in a camp at Cornell during the summer and left impressed.
Meyer is looking forward to another promising season, which begins Monday at Metea Valley. Hinsdale Central, which finished 6-0 in the West Suburban Silver, lost to Fenwick 1-0 in penalty kicks in the sectional final a year ago.
“I think we have a pretty strong team,” Meyer said. “We want to win a sectional and our ultimate goal is to make it to state. I think we have a decent chance of doing that.”