HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Huntington
North soccer captain Danny Becker ensured his soccer career would continue through
to the next level on Friday after officially signing with the Huntington
University men’s soccer program.
Becker, a four-year varsity letter winner for the Vikings soccer team, said
continuing to play soccer collegiately has always been a goal.
“I’ve always wanted to play college soccer my entire life,” Becker said. “I’ve
played soccer since I was four so it’s been my ultimate goal to just go onto
college to play soccer. After I went on a recruiting visit to HU and I met all
the guys I just loved it. It definitely seemed like the right fit for me.”
Becker’s dream of playing college soccer seemed to be a sure shot after he
contributed quality minutes in both his freshman and sophomore soccer seasons
throughout high school. However, that dream was put into question after an ACL
injury sidelined Becker during his junior season. Rather than giving up on his
dreams, and his sport, Becker put in the work necessary to lace back up even
stronger for his senior campaign.
“It was definitely a major setback,” Becker said. “It was disappointing, and I
really had to push through to be where I am now; to be able to compete at a
high level. However everything is back to normal now, and I was just recently
cleared to play without my knee brace so I’m ready to take to the pitch again.”
Coming back from the injury during his senior season, Becker captained the team’s
midfield where he proved to be a major offensive and defensive force. During
the team’s struggling 1-4-1 start to the season, the Viking senior captain kept
his team pushing forward by scoring goals in four of those opening six
“To me, when a kid goes through an injury like that, his or her character
really comes out,” Huntington North head coach Steve Saddington said.
“They could either pout or have a pity party, or they could get up and be
better. Danny never complained about his injury.
“He still viewed himself as a key role during his junior season and, although
he was frustrated, he still salvaged that year and made the most of it by being
a leader for our guys vocally,” he added. “Then this past year he really
stepped up and was a leader both on and off the field for us. He made
All-Conference and he was definitely a critical component in the middle of the
field for us.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better captain and leader for our team.”
Huntington University head coach Russ Lawson said he’s been looking at Becker
as a potential Forester for quite a few years.
“We noticed him when he first started coming up through the junior high camps
and things like that,” Lawson said. “Ever since then you could definitely
notice that he had a very solid tactical foundation to the game. He displayed
good vision to where he could see the field and see his teammates before getting
the ball to them.
“I see him coming in as a holding midfielder, but I also possibly see him on
the outside in the back because he not only has that grit and that discipline
to the game, but he also has that attack mentality to where he can get up in
the offensive third on an overlapping run scenario.”
Lawson said he expects big things from Becker down the road while he wears the
Forester green and white.
“When he got back from his surgery, it was definitely evident that his play had
not dropped off from the surgery,” he said. “In fact, I think there’s still a
very large upside to him knowing that he’s just a year and a half removed from
his surgery. We’re hoping for some big things from him down the road.”
Becker’s father, Tim Becker, said he’s excited to see his son’s hard work
paying off as he takes the next step in his soccer career.
“It broke his heart when he went down with his injury, but it’s great to see
that he was able to get up and get back on that horse for a great senior year,”
he said. “It’s nice to see the hard work paying off and now he gets to play at the
next level. We’re excited for him.”
Becker said he’s just glad to be playing the sport he loves for at least four
“Ever since I started playing soccer I have just loved it,” he said. “I’m
really excited just to be playing again and I want to just keep playing through
college to see where it takes me.”
Becker said he plans on studying athletic training during his undergraduate
studies at Huntington University so that, in the future, he can become a