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Business as usual for Posthuma

St. Francis grad Nick Posthuma has stayed true to work ethic in hopes of cracking Fullerton's starting 11

July 20, 2010|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
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Nick Posthuma (Tim Berger/Glendale…)

His timing has often been perfect on the field. Nick Posthuma could speed past a vulnerable opponent and direct a crisp pass from a teammate into the back of the net.

In addition, a reputation for developing an impeccable work ethic helped Posthuma get places and receive recognition, leading to him picking up his annual share of postseason accolades while starring for St. Francis High.

Posthuma's style hasn't changed that much, as he's now a junior forward on the Cal State Fullerton men's soccer team, but by his account his skills have.

"At St. Francis, I was more successful because of my work ethic and being able to help make things happen," said Posthuma, a two-time All-Area Player of the Year who graduated from St. Francis in 2008. "I didn't always have the best skills.

"At Fullerton, I've maintained that same work ethic, but I've since developed my overall skills. I've gotten better with the techniques."

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It took Posthuma some time to adapt to the more physical brand of soccer encountered at the collegiate level. After awhile, things became easier for Posthuma to learn and he made the necessary adjustments to the level of play needed to excel at Fullerton.

During his freshman campaign, Posthuma registered a pair of goals in 19 matches. Last season, he notched two goals and one assist for five points in 16 matches.

"In my freshman year, I had a minimal role," Posthuma said. "I didn't start, but I played a lot.

"I had a bigger part with the team and I could see myself progressing last year."

Posthuma, a former Mission League and All-CIF pick under the tutelage of veteran St. Francis Coach Glen Appels, would like for that progress to keep ascending. The Titans, who went 8-9-2 and 4-5-1 in the Big West Conference for fifth place last season, will kick off a brand new season at 4 p.m. Sept. 3 against St. Mary's at the two-day St. Mary's Tournament in Moraga.

Fullerton will return the bulk of its starting players and will look to move up in conference. It will need Posthuma's contributions to see that come to fruition.

"We don't have a huge period of time of preparation," Fullerton fifth-year Coach Bob Ammann said. "It's going to be crucial for our players to be fit.

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