Junior goalkeeper Matt Grosey left his junior college to join the UNO soccer team after meeting head coach Jason Mims.
Grosey was already a successful goalie at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., where he was the starting goalkeeper for two seasons and was named the Coast Conference goalkeeper of the year twice.
“That was probably the best experience I could have had soccer wise,” Grosey said. Playing at West Valley College “was really helpful for my career.”
But by transferring to join UNO’s newly established soccer program, Grosey would have the chance to be a leader and help “the program establish itself among the elite of U.S. soccer.”
“Mims wanted to bring in kind of experienced guys, older players who had college games under their belt and could kind of set an example for the young guys that he had and I thought that I could fit that role perfectly,” Grosey said.
This is Grosey’s first year with the Mavs, but he thinks he is already making a difference by being a role model for the others players.
“A lot of the guys will come to me; they see my hard work, they see what I do both on and off the field,” he said. “They just see me as an example of where they wanna be, like in terms of playing wise and experience wise.”
Transferring to UNO has also exposed Grosey to more diverse players and styles of play, which is one of the things he likes most about playing for the Mavericks.
Grosey said being in California really restricted his exposure to different styles of play. However, Grosey has encountered several new playing styles already with the Mavs.
UNO and other Summit League schools can recruit players from almost anywhere in the world, which Grosey thinks bring in such diverse players and styles to the program.
“At a Division I level, you will play against teams that have players that will be playing at the next level,” Grosey also said. “So you have that experience of playing people who will be pros.”
Grosey wants to continue his soccer career for as long as he can, and he said being familiar with different playing styles will help him easily adjust if he’s faced with any of those styles again.
Grosey was named the Summit League defensive player of the week for his performance on Sept. 29 in a 2-0 shutout against IUPUI. During the game, he made two saves and stopped a penalty kick.
However, Grosey doesn’t take too much credit for his performance.
“In my personal opinion, it should go to basically all 11 field players that are out there,” he said.