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October 16, 2013

Moynihan Scholar-Athlete: Central's May balances grueling schedule

Soccer, academic whiz's greatest talent may be as a leader

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The concern with high achievers is they can be too single-minded and too driven.

Dave May said, thankfully, that is not his daughter.

“She doesn’t miss a dance, the prom, a night out with the gang,” he said. “She’s unrelenting, but still has fun. Maybe on Saturday or Sunday she’ll sleep until noon. She’s got a great head on her shoulders and keeps it in perspective.”

Steph said, “I want to relieve all the stress so I want to go out.”

Freshman year she helped the Raiders to their first state title.

“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” said May.

But even as dominant as they’ve been this fall, she realizes there are no guarantees.

Admittedly some of these national polls can be questionable, but Central was rated No. 2 to Carmel (Ind.) High in the Adidas/National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll early in the 2011 season. The Raiders ultimately didn’t even get past the first round of the state tourney. Last year the unbeaten Raiders (15-0-4) were knocked off in the Division 1 North final by Beverly on penalty kicks.

“We don’t want to think about the rankings,” said May, showing maturity beyond her years. “We’ve seen how literally it’s just the night or day of the game that counts.”

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Follow Michael Muldoon on Twitter under the screen name @MullyET.

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