By: Jeremy Leveille
Today we are proud to announce Milford High's recently graduated senior Morgan Andrews as the 2012-2012 NH Notebook Female Athlete of the Year. This past fall Andrews led the Spartans to a 16-3-1 record and the Division II state title. She scored 31 goals and passed for 18 assists, notching both goals in Milford’s 2-1 win over Souhegan in the state final.
"The support that I have received from the Milford community both academically and emotionally has been terrific" Andrews told the NH Notebook. "Because I travel so extensively nationally and internationally, I tend to miss a lot of school, so I am thankful for the extra time and effort that my teachers have given me. The outpouring of well-wishes and support from the community of Milford has been a real high for me. I wouldn't have wanted to grow up anywhere else. I hope people will not only remember me as a soccer player but also as someone who cares greatly about the town, who tries to give back to the town, and who is a good citizen and role model. I tried my best to embody those qualities."
Andrews is the #1 ranked girls soccer player in the country for the Class of 2013 according to ESPN, she has committed to play her college soccer at national power Notre Dame. She was also named the 2012-2013 Gatorade Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
"This summer I am working extremely hard just to prepare myself for the college game" explained Andrews, a 5-foot-9 forward. "I have been following my summer training packet for ND and I've been playing games with two different teams. I will be in and out of national team training. I'm actually playing for the U-20 team in Portland where we will be playing against Seattle Reign and The Portland Thorns (two teams in the women's professional league (Alex Morgan plays for Portland, Hope Solo is on Seattle.) I also attended the ESPY's again this year! Oh and I've actually been working a lot on my swimming! Did you know that every student at Notre Dame has to pass a swimming test?"
Andrews hopes to represent the United States in both the World Cup and the Olympics. And with all of her amazing achievements so far she is on track to do both in the next few years.
"I hope people look back to not only my accomplishments and awards but that they look back to my character and my work rate on and off the field" said Andrews. "During all of the excitement before high school games the girls would always let me give a little pre-game speech. So I would always talk about these great athletes that we all look up to and how hard that we (as a team) would have to work to accomplish our goal (winning a state championship). I would always end my speech with this quote 'You'll pass out before you die' because we all know that burning feeling that makes us want to stop. When we felt that burn we pushed passed it because we knew that quote was true and that champions were made after they pushed passed their limits. And if we actually did pass out, we believed that our teammates would carry us off the field. So I hope that people will think that I was an inspiration to my teammates as they were to me."
Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum has won 169 games in the past eight seasons, along with six NCAA College Cups, four national championship matches and two NCAA titles. Andrews initially committed to Boston College prior to her sophomore year but then changed her mind and went with Notre Dame.
"There is so much to look forward to at ND" Andrews beamed. "I can't wait to play with and be coached by the talent on the team. I also can't wait to play Division I ACC soccer (every-soccer girl's dream). This league is home to the best players this country has to offer."
No other high school athlete from New Hampshire has garnered more national recognition and accolades then Andrews. She also helped her high school team win a state championship, putting up monster numbers in the process. Not only that, but Andrews has maintained a 3.13 GPA and is an outstanding role model for all youth athletes.
"The game has given me so many fond memories from playing all over the world and in a world cup to making history and winning a high school state championship (the very first state title for women's soccer in Milford)" Andrews concluded. "I am so beyond thankful for the opportunities and friendships that soccer has given me and of course there is no better excitement than being able to represent your town, state, and country."
Congratulations to Morgan, the easy choice for the 2012-2013 NH Notebook Female Athlete of the Year award. It has been an honor to cover her and we wish her the best of luck in the future.