Brummet to play at Old Dominion
Matt Brummet can be an inspiration to all those young pre-kindergarten age kids who stumble out on the fields for their first taste of rec league soccer.
Brummet started with the Eastfield program when he was three years old. This fall, he’ll be playing for the Old Dominion University men’s soccer team.
“Matt is an example of how you can go further, just from playing rec soccer,” said his father, John Brummet, owner of Jock City on German Hill Road and who coached Matt with the Eastfield program.
Matt, who graduated from Archbishop Curley last spring, chose Old Dominion from among six NCAA Division I schools recrutiing him for soccer.
The other five were Belmont, Portland, Drexel, Temple and the Virginia Military Institute.
He also had “a ton of offers” from Division III schools, such as Gettysburg, Lycoming, Bethany (W.Va.) and Kenyon College.
Despite finishing with a losing record last season (6-9-2), Old Dominion has a strong soccer history.
The Monarchs (all-time record: 458-281-94) have reached the NCAA tournament 11 times in the past 14 years, with two appearances in the Sweet 16.
Competing in Conference USA, Old Dominion has won six conference tournament titles and five conference regular-season titles. Its most recent title was in 2014.
Thirteen Monarch players have earned All-American status, and 11 former Monarchs have been selected in the Major League Soccer draft.
Matt’s goal is to add to that latter number.
“After college, I would like to go play in Europe,” he said. “But I would definitely like to get selected in the MLS draft.”
Matt chose Old Dominion from the schools recruiting him because of its soccer background.
“I wanted to play for a powerhouse program,” he said. “Old Dominion has been a top 25 team in the country. And it has a good record of bringing players in, and preparing them to move on.
“The school can help me take my career to the next level, by playing against top competition. And its facilities are ranked among the top 10 in the country. It was hard to pass it up.”
The Monarchs have eight lettermen returning, and Brummet is one of 14 new players.
Two of Old Dominion’s top five leading scorers return, but they accounted for only six goals last year.
Brummet scored 15 goals for Archbishop Curley last season, which led the MIAA-A Conference in scoring.
“I feel I can make a strong contribution [at Old Dominion], maybe start a few games,” Brummet said. “I think I’ll get a decent amount of playing time off of the bench, like 45-50 minutes a game.”
Matt began playing for the Eastfield rec program when he was three years old. At age 12, he started playing for the Eastfield Arsenal club team.
“It was important to play for the local team,” Matt said of Eastfield. “I saw my older brother [John] play, and it came naturally to me. I had good motor skills, and the more I played, the more fun I had. It just took off.
“Eastfield helped me grow as a player. If you work hard, play hard, put everything into the game, you’ll be seen and can go far. It also helped me understand the role I had, and how I could help contribute to a larger program like Old Dominion.”
Matt eventually moved on to the Baltimore Bays Soccer Club, coached by Adam Mizell.
With the Bays, Matt played in several college showcase tournaments — the Disney College Showcase, four years in a row; the San Diego Cup, two years in a row — and played in the national tournament in Las Vegas in 2016.
“Coach Mizell was a huge part of Matt being recruited,” John Brummet Sr. said.
John Brummet Jr., who currently attends Stephenson University and plays club lacrosse, played soc- cer for Patapsco. But Matt was recruited for soccer by several MIAA schools and opted to attend Curley.
Loyola and Spaulding also recruited Matt for soccer.
“[At an MIAA school] I could get the experience of competitive soccer,” Matt said. “There was intense preparation every day, learning different styles, and it helped humble me.
“It also helped me prepare academically for college.”
Matt was a four-year varsity starter at striker for Curley and coach Barry Stitz, and helped the Friars twice reach the MIAA championship game. His junior year, Curley lost to McDonogh 2-1 in the finals, and lost to Calvert Hall 3-2 in the finals during his senior year.
He was also the Friars’ team captain.
At Old Dominion, Matt will major in Exercise Science before moving into Physical Therapy, with the goal of eventually becoming an athletic trainer working with a professional team.
The Monarch’s season starts on August 25 with a home game against Appalachian State. The Monarchs played an exhibition game at Virginia (ranked 13th in the preseason poll) on Tuesday.
Old Dominion is located in Norfolk, Va. None of its road games will be any closer to the Baltimore area.
“He studies the game like no one else,” John Brummet said. “It’s what he does when he doesn’t have the ball where you see his knowledge of the game.
“In his last club game, he passed the ball off, then went away from the play. By doing so, he took two defenders out of the play, because he was being double-teamed. That opened it up for someone else to score.”
Eastfield resident Matthew Brummet is expected to have an impact as a freshman for the Old Dominion soccer team.
Matt Brummet started his soccer career with the Eastfield recreation program.
Matt Brummet was a four-year starter at Archbishop Curley, and led the MIAA A Conference in scoring as a senior.