Governor’s Academy senior soccer midfielder Siobhan McDonough has just been named a 2012 All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, becoming only the second lady Govs athlete ever to earn the distinction.
“It’s a little shocking. I don’t think it has sunk in,” McDonough said of being named All-American. “I feel like I progressed in soccer especially from last year. I put a lot of effort into it lately, and it’s reliving now that I’ve had (this) accomplishment.”
A high honors student and three-sport varsity athlete (soccer, ice hockey, track), the Andover native has also received a partial scholarship to play soccer at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall.
She co-captained the 2011 and 2012 soccer teams to two back-to-back New England Prep School Athletic Conference Class B titles. This past season, McDonough’s squad went undefeated in the regular season, winning the ISL title while McDonough racked up 11 goals and seven assists and was named the ISL Offensive MVP and team MVP.
“I really like scoring goals, actually,” McDonough said. “Being in outside-midfield, I get the chance to run the ball down and take people on. I really like to go one-on-one with the people and see how I match up against other players.”
A hockey player at heart, McDonough is currently tearing things up on the ice for the Govs’ 5-0 hockey team with four goals already on the young season. But she has also found soccer to be similar both in its speed and intensity, and during her junior year at the Byfield school, decided that soccer would be the way to go into her college career.
“For me, I think soccer is pretty fast-paced,” said McDonough. “I like the aggressiveness of both sports. I like being able to attack.”