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December 18, 2012

McDonough earns All-America honors at Governor's Academy

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McDonough also enjoys the way the two sports dovetail for her.

“I’ve been told that, from playing hockey, people notice a more aggressive attitude when I go out to play soccer,” said McDonough. “(And) with soccer, I’ve learned how to control open space and move better when I play hockey. The hockey team is (also) just as close as the soccer team. We all have a great time together.”

Governor’s Academy girls soccer coach Mike Karin has seen McDonough’s sports cocktail at work and liked what he saw.

“She is a unique player,” says Karin. “Her ball skills are very strong and her fitness matches that level; she never appears to slow down while wearing down her opponents. We have her to thank for scoring some clutch goals because of her pace of play.”

Once the ice melts, McDonough will move on to her final varsity season for the Governor’s in track, where she holds the school record with 58.41 seconds in the 400 meters and has been named captain of the upcoming 2013 season. From there, she will head out to Pittsburgh, where she will enroll as an undecided major. Her favorite subjects in high school have been psychology and science.

“I’m definitely nervous,” McDonough said of moving on to the collegiate soccer world. “I haven’t been playing at an extremely high level of soccer for that long, so I’m nervous since Pittsburgh is moving to the ACC. So I’ll be playing with the best soccer teams I can at the collegiate level. But I’m also excited because I really like the challenge and I want to see how it goes.”

“She is one of the best players we have ever had at this school,” says Karin. “(And she) is ready to handle the challenge of playing against the top college teams in the country.”

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