Hometown: Joinville, Brazil
High School: Centro Educacional Machado
West Windsor, N.J. – For Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) men’s soccer team, which fields a handful of nationally acclaimed scorers, sophomore Eduardo Effting has proved to be a great equalizer.
The midfielder, who Head Coach Widmarc Dalce complemented for his level-headed play, has served as an intermediary between the team’s high-volume scoring and rock-solid defense.
“Even when he doesn’t score, Eduardo plays so well,” Dalce said. “Last year his primary role was on defense, so to shift so seamlessly to midfield is a testament to his growth as a player.”
While he isn’t leading the attack in the vein of his teammates like Eiichi Yamaguchi or Kotaro Koga, Effitng has left his mark on the Vikings’ score sheets. He’s tallied five goals this season, two of which he scored in a 11-1 victory over Rockland Community College.
“Coach always says that we have to know how to play every position, offensively or defensively,” Effting said.
More recently, Effting scored a goal on Oct. 12 against Carroll Community College in what would end as a 14-1 Mercer win.
“I think I’ve gained a lot of experience this season, both as a player and as a person,” Effting said. “Coach Dalce motivates us to be better every day.”
Effting and the Vikings will play their final game of the regular season on the road on Wednesday, Oct. 16 against Kingsborough Community College.