David Meves is used to performing when the stakes are high. The goalkeeper posted shutouts in consecutive NCAA title games, highlighted by a 1-0 win in the 2010 final.
The 2014 Des Moines Menace will try to give him a chance at another championship. Entering the second month of the Premier Development League season, Des Moines is one of only two teams without a loss or tie (Austin Aztex). The Menace is 2-0-0, riding shutout wins at Springfield and St. Louis.
Meves and the Menace went 355 minutes in all competitions without giving up a goal. At Valley Stadium on May 28, Des Moines held professional-side Minnesota United FC scoreless for 85 minutes before the North American Soccer League leaders found the back of the net in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Meves tallied five saves in the knockout loss.
It seems only fitting that Meves, the NCAA leader in shutouts and goalkeeper minutes played, would hold opponents off the scoreboard for so long.
In four years with the Akron Zips, Meves had a prolific career, including 54 shutouts, 8,608 minutes played and a 0.50 career goals-against average (fifth-best all-time). With Meves in goal, the Zips posted a remarkable 76-6-11 mark. After losing the 2009 College Cup final in a shootout, Meves and company earned the 2010 national championship.
“I played with a lot of great players while at Akron; it definitely was an incredible learning experience,” Meves said. “It’s a great place to play and a great experience.”
After graduating in 2012, Meves found his way to the big stage when he was drafted third overall by the Portland Timbers in the 2013 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft. Following preseason training, Meves started for Portland’s U23 squad last summer.
The Timbers U23s, part of the PDL, ended the season second in the Northwest Division, but eventually bowed out to in the Western Conference finals. Meves finished with a 6-3-4 record, including six shutouts.
As he continues to seek a professional career, Meves is happy to develop with the Menace.
“I love the support the Menace gets,” Meves said. “They put a lot into the team here; they take good care of the players. Overall it’s just a great organization. It was one I was excited to get the opportunity to play for.”
In Saturday’s PDL home opener against the Chicago Inferno, Meves and the Menace will try to extend their PDL shutout streak to 270 minutes.
Name: David Meves
Hometown: Arlington Heights, Ill.
College: Akron, 2012 graduate
Major: Corporate financial management
Preferred gloves: Adidas
Favorite goalkeepers: Oliver Kahn (Germany National team; Bayern Munich), Iker Casillas (Spain National team; Real Madrid)
Hidden talent: Pretty awesome dance moves