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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 10:30 am

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.

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Area Scoreboard

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Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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