She might only be 5-feet tall, but Megan Rauseo doesn’t back down from anyone on the soccer field.
The senior midfielder scored seven goals with six assists for Central Catholic, which suffered its only loss of the season last week in the Division 1 North semifinals.
She has already committed to Division 1 UMass Lowell.
Central coach Casey Grange said, “Megan has greatly improved each season for us. Despite her size, she is capable of winning any ball out of the air because of her desire to do so. She has had some great finishes as well as distributions. Most importantly, she is a great kid who is fun to have on the team.”
The goal-scoring skills come naturally. Her father, Ed, was a captain and team MVP in hockey at Boston College, where he scored 48 goals with 78 assists.
In this week’s Around the Horn, Megan spoke of why she prefers soccer over hockey, her decision to attend UMass Lowell and what it was like coming back from three broken bones in her face.
Coach Grange says you excel on the 50-50 balls. What’s the key? “It’s about not letting the other girl win it. Jump higher than her. Find any way to do it.”
Do you enjoy having a young coach like Casey Grange? “She’s young and into a good style of soccer instead of some of old coaches into the old ways. She knows what it takes to be the best. She pushes us pretty hard.”
How tall are you? “5-foot.”
Does size matter in soccer? “Maybe on 50-50 balls. I try not to let it affect me. My dad says, ‘It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight it’s the fight in the dog.’”
Are you looking at colleges? “I committed to play at UMass Lowell. I like the coaches and it is close to home. I won’t come home every weekend but I know I have the option.”