EC alum reflects on past soccer career

Elmhurst College boasts its athletic program as being a cultivating ground for the success of current and former athletes. One such athlete, Nathaniel Pauer, a graduate of EC’s class of 2015, shared his experiences of being a student athlete at Elmhurst College.In an interview with The Leader, Pauer discussed his time at Elmhurst College not only as a student from 2011 to 2015, but also as a member of the soccer program. He said his time in the program shaped him as a student, athlete, and a person. “The school, and more specifically the soccer program has given me the tools I need to become successful after graduation,” he said. According to the EC Bluejays’ official records, Pauer “served as the team’s reserve goalkeeper, played in two contests, including one as a starter, allowed one goal and recorded five saves while earning his first collegiate win in the Bluejays’ 2-1 victory over Olivet College on September 7, 2013.” Pauer expressed gratitude for everyone who supported him while playing at Elmhurst. As he described why he was so successful at Elmhurst, Pauer accredited part of his success to his teammates. “You get a lot of trust built with your teammates. They make sure that you succeed on and off the field,” he said. In addition to his teammates, Pauer named Coach David DiTomasso’s high expectations as having a large influence on his success, saying his guidelines helped make him a well-rounded player. “DiTomasso had a strict standard for academic excellence,” he said in an interview. “You were expected to put just as much hard work into academics as you did on the pitch.” Pauer said his ability to stay confident was imperative to the success in his games and added that it was because of this mentality that he was able to graduate from Elmhurst College. “Keeping confidence was key for me,” he said. “It is easy to become discouraged, and it’s especially tough athletically speaking, but it was something I worked on a lot so that I was able to stay focused during a tough period.” Pauer is now working as a computer technician at Central DuPage Hospital. He continues to play soccer as a goalkeeper for his indoor soccer team. Pauer has attributed his success after graduating Elmhurst College to the very tools he learned from the Elmhurst College Men’s soccer team.