Although he was not able to play his preferred position of center back initially, Neustaetter continued to work hard to move up. After playing goalie on JV his freshman year, he was a field player sophomore year and eventually worked his way up to becoming a starter on the varsity team both his junior and senior year, according to varsity coach Dave Siracusa.
“Last year he won a starting spot ... I started eyeing him for next year’s captain because of his ability to not lose composure and his teammates would play hard for him,” Siracusa said.
This season, he has started all of their games as a center back leading the defense and has two goals in total, one against Novato and another against San Rafael, according to MaxPreps. His personality allows him to standout as both a captain and a teammate, according to senior co-captain Nathaniel Kuffner.
“[He has] persistence and character,” Kuffner said. “As a whole, he’s a very committed person and he is always working super hard. He runs dead sprints on all of the sprints. He’s pretty much always first and he is just a straight to business, no nonsense type of person.”
Neustaetter's bold characteristics and dedication are what make the perfect candidate for a leadership position.
Although he does not play an attacking position, Neustaetter explained the importance that the back line has on a soccer field, especially when holding a leadership role.
“It helps being defenders because we can see the whole field and relay what we want to say to the team,” Neustaetter said. “Having a strong defense and being able to not let any goals in motivates the team to do better and even just building out of the back.”
According to Kuffner, having played most of the season in the backline together last year he helped coach Siracusa see the impact he and Neustaetter made.