An ongoing series highlighting Boston College student-athletes.
Kia McNeill returns to the Heights for the third time. McNeill was with the program in 2009 as an assistant coach. She returns for a second stint while she earns her MBA from Boston College.
McNeill graduated in May 2008 from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College with a degree in human development and a minor in psychoanalytic studies. Two days after graduation, McNeill flew to Sweden to begin her professional soccer career as a member of an elite team - Kristianstad - in the women's league Allsvenska. McNeill was invited to return to the team but the new professional league in the United States was on her mind.
On January 16, 2009, McNeill was drafted ninth overall by Saint Louis Athletica of the Women's Professional Soccer League. McNeill played one year with Atlanta and is currently the starting central midfielder for the Philadelphia Independence.
A native of Avon, CT, McNeill was a four-year starter and played in 86 consecutive games. McNeill played up front for the first three seasons and pulled the switch her senior season to be a defender. The move proved to be the key as McNeill was crucial to the Eagles defense as it was ranked sixth in the country in goals-against-average (0.475). McNeill finished her career as the eight all-time leading scorers with 61 career points.