Men's Soccer: Over's 'chance to shine' for Green Terror

McDaniel senior Nick Over, a Winters Mill graduate, is a big reason why the Green Terror men's soccer team is off to one of its best starts in recent years.
McDaniel senior Nick Over, a Winters Mill graduate, is a big reason why the Green Terror men's soccer team is off to one of its best starts in recent years. (Photo courtesy of McDaniel Athletics)

McDaniel senior Nick Over is looking past sports and his standout career as a soccer goalie as graduation approaches in May.

Even so, he still sees sports in his future. And it seems he's set himself up for it.


"I want to get a job in the field of sports management," said Over, who is majoring in kinesiology and minoring in sports management. "It would be managing youth sports teams or, if I worked for a private organization, helping set up and organizing leagues and doing marketing."

He's been preparing for his post-graduate move throughout his college playing career by volunteering.

In the summer of 2015 and during the next two years, he assisted Andy Hicks, his former coach, at a soccer camp. This past summer, the 20-year-old Over interned for the Hanover Area YMCA.

"I did everything in their sports management department," he recalled. "I helped set up leagues and organize coaches. I did the little things, too. I set up bleachers and greeted guests at the door."

He also has volunteered, starting in September, to do private lessons with former McDaniel goalie coach Frank DiLeonardi doing Friday night training sessions.

"We specialize with goalkeepers and help them get better," Over said.

He also partnered with DiLeonardi to coach for the Central Carroll Rec Council's Mighty Kicks soccer program during the past two winters.

"It's a two-month program for really little kids from 3 to 7 years old," he said. "I wanted to help out the community."

Over, a four-year starter and three-year team co-captain, is also sharply focused on making his final year of college soccer his best yet. He remembers how McDaniel men's soccer coach Steve Corrieri took him aside after a recent game and told him how important Over is to the Green Terror's success this season.

"I spoke to him after our third or fourth game," Corrieri said. "I told him, 'Look, you still haven't had a chance to shine yet, but if we're going to get anywhere, you'll have to be the main reason why we do.' He's playing as well as ever. He's certainly one of the best goalies in the conference. That's for sure."

Over has been playing that way as McDaniel is off to a 5-2-1 start — one of its best in recent years — after going 5-9-6 in 2016 and 3-10-4 the previous season.

He's recorded four shutouts, one shy of his career high two years ago.

"I am playing better than my sophomore and junior year," said Over, who has played in 58 career games and has 265 saves (75.1 save percentage). Over is seventh on the Terror's all-time saves list.

A big reason for his improvement is that at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Over said he's in the best shape of his life. He worked out twice a day in the offseason and lost about 20 pounds.


"I feel I am more agile and I can get to balls quicker and easier," Over said. "I have more jump and I can save balls easier. It helps me with explosiveness. I can get to balls a lot faster."

That was evident in a 0-0 two-overtime tie with Goucher on Sept. 19 in Towson. Over made a key stop in overtime to prevent the game from being a loss for McDaniel, he said.

"I made a save with three minutes left, where if it would have gone in it would have been the game-winning goal," Over said. "It was about four feet to my left that I had to make a diving save."

McDaniel assistant and goalie coach Charlie Johnson has noticed that all Over's off-season work has paid off.

"There was one game when you look at the clip, he didn't make the save, but he was explosive and had the whole net covered," Johnson said. "I was like, 'Wow.' Look at the weight he lost and he had the whole top of the net covered. It wasn't going in no matter what even if it was on target at all."

The McDaniel coaching staff values Over for his leadership as much as his ability to make outstanding saves.

"He brings a calm air to the defense," Corrieri said. "He is a very mature player."

Over has been playing soccer since he was 5 years old, when he got his start and played eight years in the North Carroll rec program. He played four years for Winters Mill, and also competed for the Soccer Association of Columbia and the Maryland Olympic Development Program.

When Over, a Times first-team all county defender in 2013, started thinking about colleges midway through his junior year, he admits he didn't consider McDaniel strongly.

"But I ended up doing a (McDaniel soccer) camp in the summer of 2016," he said. "(Corrieri) really liked me and it ended up working well. It was a really good fit for me."