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."