Todd D’Aquila had a knack for scoring goals during his days with the Pacific High School soccer program.
A two-time Four Rivers Conference player of the year during his junior and senior seasons and a second-team all-state selection by the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association during his senior campaign, D’Aquila signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.
Missouri Baptist is an NAIA school that competes in the American Midwest Conference.
“Missouri Baptist swept me up the first time I visited,” D’Aquila said. “It’s a smaller school with smaller class sizes. It’s also close to home.”
A four-time all-conference player for the Indians, D’Aquila was a midfielder, collecting 20 goals and 23 assists during his senior season. He had eight goals and 10 assists as a junior.
“Todd’s senior season was a breakout year,” said Pacific Head Coach Todd Dempsey. “I’ve tracked statistics all the way back to my first year with the program in 2003 and Todd has broken the record for a single season in terms of total goals, assists and overall points. I really think the development and maturity of some of our younger players had a lot to do with his success in both scoring and setting up goals.
“Todd was just as explosive a player as a junior, but he was surrounded by a lot of freshmen at some of the other skill positions. As a result, I don’t think they quite clicked until this season when those younger kids had a year of experience under their belts. Todd saw a lot of continuous marking from opposing teams last year and he just wasn’t able to put up the offensive numbers that he did this year with more experienced players around him to take some of that heat off of him.”
D’Aquila believes he’ll continue to play the midfield position in college. He recently was named to the varsity team.
“I’m going to continue to work on every part of my game, especially my shooting,” D’Aquila said. “I have good speed. I’m a play maker. I see a lot of holes in the defense and I guess I’m pretty good at putting the ball in the net.”
D’Aquila left his mark at Pacific.
“Todd has put together quite a career here during the past four seasons. Our program struggled to win four games his freshman season and he closed out his career as captain of a team that won at least 12 games for the first time since 2004,” Dempsey said. “There’s a lot of complimentary things to say about the kid. He’s a hard worker with a great attitude and personality. Moreover, he’s just one of those kids you enjoy being around in general. He’s got a great family. His parents have really kept him grounded and humble.”
Dempsey believes D’Aquila will have a successful soccer career at Missouri Baptist.
“I see Todd being a big contributor to his team right away. Missouri Baptist has a new coach and I think he’s looking to put his stamp on their program by infusing some new talent right away,” Dempsey said. “Todd’s the type of player who will catch some of his opponents off guard. He’s not a physically imposing guy, but he’s fast and has some sneaky strength. I think he’ll transition nicely to the college game. He’s used to seeing college level talent on his club team on a regular basis. I don’t think he’ll shy away from the competition at all.”
This past June, D’Aquila played in the Missouri Athletic Club Senior All-Star Game at the St. Louis Soccer Park in Fenton.
Playing for the South team, D’Aquila volunteered to play defense and saved an open net scoring opportunity. Later in the game, he was fouled in the 18-yard box, which set up the only goal scored.
Todd is the son of Chris and Nicki D’Aquila. He plans to double major in chemistry and math at Missouri Baptist.