July 24, 2013
San José, Calif. - San José State University women’s soccer Undergraduate Assistant Meghan Maiwald will compete for her second straight gold medal at the 22nd Deaflympics as a captain for the United States Deaf Women’s National Team in Sofia, Bulgaria, beginning July 26.
Maiwald has been a United States Deaf Women’s National Team member since 2009 and heads to Sofia looking for her second gold medal in as many years. She and the team was crowned the 2012 World Deaf Football Champion in a tight 1-0 victory over Russia.
“Meghan is a great goalkeeper and an incredible leader,” said San José State Head Coach Jeff Leightman, who coached Maiwald from 2010 to 2011. “She started every game her two years here, and was a major reason for our success.”
Maiwald is on three of the program career lists: second in goals against average, third in solo shutouts and fifth in saves. A 2011 Second Team All-WAC honoree and 2010 All-WAC Tournament pick, she was instrumental in the Spartans’ 2010 WAC Regular Season Championship, and backstopped a low-scoring 2011 club to its seventh consecutive WAC Tournament appearance.
“Meghan wears her emotions on her sleeve, and we are very excited to add her to our coaching staff,” Leightman said. “Hopefully, she can begin her coaching career with another gold medal.”