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McKenzie Meehan Talks About Her Overseas Team Experience

McKenzie Meehan just returned from a trip with the Under-20 US Women's National Team in early March.

McKenzie Meehan just returned from a trip with the Under-20 US Women's National Team in early March.

March 25, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. -

The rise through the ranks of the soccer world has been a swift one for Boston College freshman forward McKenzie Meehan.

The Smithfield, Rhode Island native was named to the U.S Women's Under-20 team and travelled to Spain for a tournament at the beginning of March.

"It was really quick," Meehan said. "It's very different. People play a lot quicker and keep better possession of the ball. It was also much more physical." Despite the quick jump to the upper-echelon of competition, Meehan enjoyed playing with the best players in her age bracket from America as well as against those from other countries.

It was her first time playing against national teams from other locations so she saw it as a positive learning experience. Having a season at the college level under her belt helped Meehan prepare for the national stage as it was a step up from high school.

"You're playing with much older players," Meehan said. "They have the experience so you have to learn quickly and improve a lot throughout one season."

Meehan believes her stint with the national team can carry over when she returns to the Heights this fall. The experience of playing with the best players taught her that she has to compete as hard as possible at all times. She learned that if she pushes hard at all times, her teammates will push, which will improve the overall team play.

"I know I have to hold myself to the highest level," Meehan said. "In college you might be able to get away with taking more touches but you should always try to play as hard as you can to make the team better. I am always going to play quickly and physical, avoid too many touches and combine with my teammates."

One of her BC teammates that she has no trouble working with is her twin sister, Madison. The two have a lot of experience on the field together which Meehan thinks helps them work in unison while also helping the whole team gel.

"We have a good sense for where each other will be because we have been playing together so long," Meehan said. "It helps a lot because since we play different positions it connects the field more. It helps everyone come together."

Meehan, who made the All-ACC Freshman team this past fall, likes to be on the attack when she is playing soccer. She thinks her aggressiveness and ability to finish make her a successful player. It is all about taking the opponent on 1-vs-1 and getting as many shots off as possible.

In her first season with the Eagles, Meehan played in all 22 games, and started six. She finished the season as the third leading scorer with nine goals for 18 points and was third on the team in shots on goal with 21.

When she arrived at Heights she didn't know what impact she would have on the team. Once she started working with her teammates in preseason, Meehan became comfortable and thought she could contribute.

A graduate of LaSalle Academy in Rhode Island, Meehan hopes to continue to be an impact player so she can be invited back to the national team. There are more US National team camps being planned but the invitations come out just weeks before so Meehan will wait with high hopes of being invited to represent her country. Meehan hopes the opportunity comes because it was an honor for her to wear the uniform and represent the United States. And with the World Cup next summer she does not want to miss out on an unforgettable experience.

Story by Eddie Lockhart `13

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