W. Soccer's Meehan Builds Confidence as a Top Scorer for U.S. U-20 Team
Feb. 6, 2014
Written by senior Kristen Scott
Women's soccer sophomore forward McKenzie Meehan is having a busy offseason. After attending a camp in December, Meehan was one of 20 women selected to play with the U.S. Under-20 National Team in the CONCACAF Championship. This tournament, held in the Cayman Islands, featured teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean and served as a qualifying event for the FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup.
The United States U-20 National Team won the CONCACAF Championship with a dominating 4-0 performance against Mexico.
"To win it all was amazing. We qualified for the World Cup and we were able to show that we were the best team in this region. It was an honor to play for the United States," said Meehan.
Playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Meehan experienced the high level of competition necessary to prepare to play on the U-20 National Team. With seven ACC teams ranked in the NCAA top 25, BC plays a challenging schedule. Meehan benefitted from intense competition.
"We play against teams that have older, more experienced players who have previously played for the U-20 National Team, Meehan said. "To be able to have that experience really helped me prepare to be successful on this team."
With six goals over the course of the tournament, Meehan was named Co-Golden Boot Winner, which honors the top scorer. The award helped Meehan establish her role on the national team.
"It definitely helped my confidence on the team a lot, Meehan said. "Going into camp in December, I wasn't really sure of my place on the team. But scoring goals always helps a forward's confidence. To be able to finish was great."
The U-20 Women's National Team qualified for the World Cup by winning the CONCACAF Championship. As a member of the team, Meehan will have a chance to represent the United States when the U-20 Women's World Cup occurs in Canada Aug. 5-24.
"I just hope I keep getting invited back to the camps each month and keep proving myself the more comfortable I get with the team and the more experience I have with them" Meehan said on her opportunity to play in the World Cup.
"I think it would be an awesome experience to represent the US and have my family and friends able to watch me play in the World Cup," said Meehan.