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.”
Do you play any other sports? “Ice hockey.”
Were you psyched when Central added it last year? “It was fun. I always wanted to play. My brother and dad played. I just tried out and made it.”
Do you do anything in the spring? “Track. I run the 200 and last year I threw the javelin a little.”
What’s been the lowest point of your career? “Sophomore year I broke my nose and orbital bone in my cheekbone. I got elbowed in a club soccer game. I was out for two months. It was pretty hard. We were at Nationals in Florida.”
Was it difficult to put that behind you? “Sometimes I’m afraid because the goalie might elbow me in the face again. But I’ve recently told myself it is a one-in-a-million chance.”
Do you work? “Yes. At Orange Leaf at the Loop.”
Are you from an athletic family? “My dad, Ed Rauseo, played hockey at BC (Class of ‘84) and my brother, E.J. Rauseo, went to Belmont Hill and plays hockey at Colby.”
Why weren’t you that big into hockey? “I didn’t want to play when I was younger. Then when I was 13 I wanted to play but my dad said there are no beginners leagues when you are 13. It was always soccer.”
What’s your dream job? “A personal trainer at a gym.“
What town are your from? “Methuen. I lived in Dracut until age 3.”
Who’s your dream date? “Tom Brady.”
What is your pet peeve? “When people don’t say please or thank you.”
Do you have a nickname? “Munchkin or Munch.”
Who do you follow on Twitter-Facebook? “The Kardashians.”
Do you have any pets? “A dog, Mickey, a Jack Russell Terrier.”
What is the most embarrassing song you have in your iPod? “Barbie Girl.”
If you were named principal, what’s the first thing you’d do? “Make it so you can wear any shoes you want.”
Group or singer: Florida Georgia Line
Song: Hall of Fame by The Script
Book: The Great Gatsby
Movie: Mean Girls
TV show: Full House
Athlete: Alex Morgan
Food: Chicken broccoli ziti
Car: Range Rover
Restaurant: The 99
Teacher: Coach A. (Chuck Adamopoulos)