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Meuse helps lead young Fort Zumwalt West soccer team

Fort Zumwalt West junior forward Jack Meuse is giving the Jaguars a scoring punch and providing leadership this fall. [Jonathan Duncan/Mid-Rivers Newsmagazine photo]

Jack Meuse has been pretty good with a soccer ball around the goal for quite some time.

Meuse, a junior forward for Fort Zumwalt West, has been on the scoreboard regularly with his scoring touch in the early part of the 2018 season.

In the first three weeks of the season, Meuse already has scored eight goals with seven assists and 23 points. He is among the top 20 goal scorers in the St. Louis area.

The confident junior said he is happy with his strong start and is not totally surprised by it coming off of a team-high 15-goal, six assist season with 36 points last year as a sophomore.

“I feel pretty good to get another year in the books and I’m feeling more and more comfortable and being more of a leader on the team, everything is coming together [for me],” Meuse said.  “I had a good feeling about this coming into the season.”

When Muese is working his magic in the goal box, good things tend to happen for the Jaguars.

“His touch and his creativity around the goal is really good,” Fischer said. “He has that desire to finish.”

Meuse’s game knowledge also has given him a major advantage on the pitch.

“He’s got a high soccer IQ, so he has the ability to play at a high level and he sees the field and sees and feels the game differently than everybody else and he’s got the skillset to finish [shots] which is huge.”

The biggest change Meuse made to help him prepare for this season was getting in better soccer shape.

Meuse, who plays club ball for the St. Louis Sport Academy, dropped 15 pounds with a strong off-season conditioning program to help him be able to stay on the field for longer shifts.

“I played the last two years [at Zumwalt West] and I decided I’ve got to get in better shape and I was weighing around 165 and I dropped down to 150 [pounds],” said Meuse. “Conditioning is huge, especially with the heat because it can be pretty rough.”

As senior Caleb Soots went down with an injury against Ritenour in the second game of the season [on Aug. 28], Meuse had to also step up as a leader on the field, and that extra role has been a definite adjustment as the sophomore-heavy Jaguars team are trying to find themselves in the early part of the regular season.

“I’m trying to keep things as more of a ‘we’ instead of an ‘I’ this year,” Meuse said. “We have been having a lot of long group chats trying to figure things out.”

Zumwalt West went 15-10-1 last fall; its season was ended by Francis Howell Central in the Class 4 district championship round.

“We definitely want to see Howell Central in districts again this year,” Meuse said.

Before that happens, Meuse knows the Jaguars will need to jell as a unit, and he is confident they will get rolling soon.

“We have a lot of Alpha Males on our team, but we love each other at the end of the day and we’re not too worried about it,” Meuse said. “We’ve got to get better and we’ll figure it out by districts.”


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