HINSDALE – This offseason, Hinsdale Central forward Christian Meyer concentrated on helping the Red Devils improve their offensive tempo and time of possession.
Consider it mission accomplished.
After an undefeated regular season, a West Suburban Silver Conference title, and run to the 3A sectionals, it was difficult to find flaws in the play on either offense of defense.
But Meyer – a three-year mainstay on the Red Devils roster – emphasized that, in order to remain focused, the players must critique their play and strive towards improvement.
“There is always room for individual and team improvement,” Meyer said. “I thought it was imperative that we improve our attack. The offense and [midfielders] focused on cycling the ball better – playing a pro-style possession game with quick passes.”
Under Meyer’s guidance, Hinsdale Central’s offense frequently throttled the opposition, scoring four or more goals 10 times this season en route to another conference title and sectional appearance.
Additionally, the team won the Red Devil Invite and captured the Silver Brick trophy with a Sept. 27 victory over Lyons Township, two preseason goals the team had set for itself. Meyer’s production was a big part of Central’s success.
He followed up a 10 goal, 12 assist junior season with 17 goals and 12 helpers, leading the Red Devils in scoring.
“This year was a little different because I was not playing with one of my brothers,” Meyer said, referring to his twin brother, Mitchell, who left to play Chicago Fire Academy.
“I felt like it was my team and I wanted to prove myself on and off the field,” Meyer said. “Wearing the Hinsdale Central jersey holds special meaning to me. I watched the games when I was young and saw the talent that went through the program. There is nothing better than proudly representing your school and community.”
Hinsdale Central cruised through regionals, but eventually dropped a tight sectional match to rival Lyons Township.
While he is still contemplating where he will play collegiate soccer, Meyer hints that he might reunite with his brother, Mitchell, if the twins can get into Cornell University.
“I have loved my time here, but I am excited for what lies ahead,” Meyer said. “I would love to play with my brother again. We will just have to see if we get in.”