KRISTIE Mewis Named US Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year

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Whitman-Hanson Regional High graduate and Mass Youth Soccer product Kristie Mewis was named US Soccer’s Young Female Athlete of the Year in December, capping a year of exciting accomplishments for the Whitman native.

The attacking center midfielder for the United States’ U-17 National Team, Kristie had a stellar 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, scoring two goals while winning the Bronze Ball as the third-best player in the tournament. Her year was capped with the honor of being named the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, joining a long list of players who have gone on to do great things for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

"Thanks to everybody who voted and followed our team on," said Mewis, who will attend Boston College in the fall for her freshman year of college. "It's a great honor to win this award, especially with all the great players who have played for U.S. National Teams this year and all the amazing players who have played for the U.S. in the past."

Slated to play outside midfield during the World Cup, a position she played most of the year for the U-17s, she was moved into the center after the first match and made an impact on every game. She was one of the USA’s leading scorers in 2008 with 13 goals, including six in international matches, and her goal from outside the penalty area in the quarterfinal win over South Korea was one of the best of the U-17 Women’s World Cup. The left-footed Mewis wowed crowds in New Zealand with her dribbling and shooting, showing hints of Carli Lloyd’s play for the full team.

Congratulations, Kristie! To read more about Kristie and her accomplishments, click the links below:

Boston Globe — Dec. 25, 2008
Local athlete honored by US Soccer — Nov. 11, 2008
Football unites U.S. sister act

Boston Globe – Oct. 26, 2008
Playing for a World Cup