Andrews already making mark at Notre Dame
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Whether it’s on the pitch at Milford High School, stadiums in Azerbaijan, or at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Morgan Andrews is used to the spotlight’s extreme heat.
So when she scored her first collegiate goal for the Fighting Irish – during a 4-0 victory over Oakland University on the opening night of the 21st annual Notre Dame Adidas Invitational – it was just another day at the office. Well, sort of.
“Words can’t describe it,” said Andrews of her first goal. “It’s a feeling that can’t be explained. But it just felt good to get it over with. I’m officially in the record books.”
She was the main focus of defenders across the Granite State for four years, finishing her high school career with two goals – Milford’s only two goals – in the No. 4 Spartans’ 2-1 win over No. 2 Souhegan in the 2012 Division II girls soccer final. It was the school’s first girls soccer title since 1988.
If it wasn’t against NCAA regulations, Andrews would be the perfect spokeswoman for Gatorade. She was the first girls soccer player from New Hampshire to receive its state Player of the Year award three times, and just the third athlete to do so overall; Matt Bonner (Concord boys basketball) and Tiffany Ruffin (Winnacunnet girls basketball) are the others.
She also has two National Player of the Year awards from Gatorade. She was the first Granite Stater to earn such an honor in May 2012, then repeated this past spring as the country’s best girls soccer player – just the ninth athlete in the 28-year history of Gatorade’s awards to be named Player of the Year twice, and the first soccer player, male or female, to achieve that honor.
Then on July 16, Andrews was named Gatorade’s Female High School Athlete of the Year at a banquet in Los Angeles the night before ESPN’s “ESPY’s” award show.
Of course national recognition is nothing new for Andrews. She captained the U17 national team into last fall’s FIFA U17 World Cup in Azerbaijan. OK, so she’s a worldwide star.
Despite all the excitement and celebrations that came with her high school career, it’s all old news for Andrews.
“These accolades mean the world to me,” said Andrews from South Bend, Ind. “It’s great to be honored with awards. And obviously those memories of my high school and my teammates are special to me.
“But I’m starting over right now at the college level. I can’t live on past accomplishments. I have to prove myself and I have a lot of work to do to be the best I can be.”