Former Braves' standout plays last home game
BRANCHING OUTâ€”Former Bellmonter Sam Meyer (left) steals the ball from his opponent in a recent home game at St. Francis. Meyer played three years of varsity soccer at Bellmont shattering several records in his time. (Photo provided)
Former Bellmont record-holder Sam Meyer played his final home game as a St. Francis Cougar last night as Grace College spoiled senior night with a 3-0 victory over the home team in men's soccer.
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A successful goal-scorer for the Braves in his time at Bellmont, Meyer was part of the 2007 sectional championship team and holder of 11 BHS records in the soccer program. Playing only three years of varsity, Meyer is the all-time leader in goals scored in a career with 52 as well as assists with 28. By extension, Sam is the leader in total points in a career (goals and assists) with 132.
His 56-point season the year the Braves won sectional was also a record. Meyer is tied with Adam Coolman (1997) for most goals in a single game with five during his 2008 senior campaign. In the same year, Sam managed five assists in a game which is a stand-alone record.
Former Braves' soccer star Chad Arnold holds the record for scoring by a freshman with 16 points (seven goals, two assists). The sophomore, junior, and senior scoring records belong to Meyer, however, with 29 points his first varsity year as a sophomore (11 goals, seven assists), 56 his junior year (22 goals, 12 assists), and 47 points his senior year (19 goals, nine assists).
At Saint Francis, Sam is leading the team in his senior year with six assists as well as three goals. He has taken 25 shots on the year including 14 shots on goal. The Cougars are 7-10 on the season including a 1-7 mark in the Crossroads Conference.
In 66 career games as a Cougar, Sam has accumulated 11 goals and 14 assists on 78 shots (41 on goal). He also has two game-winning goals for St. Francis.
His best game this season came on August 26 in a game against Calumet (Ind.) when he scored a goal and aided with two assists.
Sam's brother, Bill Meyer, was the assistant varsity coach during his freshman and sophomore seasons, then became the head JV coach during his junior and senior year.
"Sam was without a doubt the best soccer player to come out of Bellmont to date," Bill Meyer praised of his brother. "I found myself watching him more than coaching when he played at Bellmont and I probably learned more from him than he learned from me!"
After Sam's graduation, Bill coached the Braves from 2008-2011 stepping down this season allowing Sam's former teammate, Jake Briede to take the reigns.