GLEN ELLYN – As identical twins, David and Michael Pyle share a special bond.
That unique chemistry carries over to the soccer field, where the twosome are set to enter their junior seasons at Lewis University after standout careers at Glenbard South High School.
“I love it (playing with his brother),” Michael said. “When we are together on the back line, I feel a lot more confident and connected. It is something you don’t get with anybody else because we are twins. It is really special.”
David, who said he might be a half inch taller but one or two pounds lighter than his brother, has started all 36 games as a defender while in a Flyers uniform. Michael has played in 34 matches as both a defender and midfielder, starting 28.
“Freshman year, being entirely new, we didn’t know what to expect,” David said. “The second year was a lot more comfortable and heading into the third year, I’m even more comfortable. I’m looking forward to it.”
Lewis posted a record of 9-9 last fall but is poised to build on that mark this fall.
“We had a lot of freshmen last year,” Michael said. “They did well but it takes some time to get used to the whole college experience. I think they will step up and play even better this year.”
The Flyers posted a similar mark of 9-8-1 in 2011.
“The last couple of years, we win one game and then lose a game,” David said. “Hopefully we can string a lot more wins together. And the last two years, we have lost our first game at the (Great Lakes Valley) conference tournament. We definitely want to win the first game of the playoffs and take it from there.”
The Pyle brothers have spent this summer back at home, working at The Meadows of Glen Ellyn (senior living). They will return to school on August 17 in advance of camp.
“I’m really excited to play with all of my buddies again,” David added. “It’s been a long summer and I’m ready to get back into routines again and get going.”
Once back in Romeoville, David will resume work on his accounting major while Michael has decided on a major in economics.