Athlete Spotlight: Maddy Vergura ‘18 - Concord-Carlisle (MA) Girls Soccer
by Blaise Siefer / Mass Prep Stars
CONCORD, Mass. -- One name is consistently mentioned among the great student-athletes in the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School community. That standout student athlete is Maddy Vergura '18.
The United States National Soccer Team player, club soccer star, Penn State commit and Concord-Carlisle girls soccer player is forging an impressive path, both in Concord, Massachusetts and on the National stage.
Vergura is a midfielder, who is known for her technical ability and her relentless work rate.
During her sophomore season in 2015, Vergura played in 11 games for C-C and totaled six goals to go with eight assists. Through the first six games of the 2016 season, Vergura had 11 goals and four assists.
“She leads by example and works very hard in practice to make herself better,” said Concord-Carlisle girls soccer coach, Peter Fischelis. “Players respect her and watch her.”
Vergura also plays for the FC Stars club soccer team, based out of Lancaster, Massachusetts. The FC Stars are consistently ranked as one of the top girl's club soccer teams in the nation. Last year, Vergura and the FC Stars finished as semifinalists in the national tournament.
“My time with FC Stars has been super impactful on me as a player," Vergura said. "I have been with the club for almost all of my playing career, and I credit my coach, Jason Dewhurst, and my teammates for much of my growth and success."
A little over 3 years ago, Vergura was called to her first national team training camp.
“In the beginning of my national team career, I was in and out of camps and could not really burst in to the core of the team”, said Vergura. “I think it was a really good thing for me to experience because I realized that in order for me to be called in consistently, I needed to improve in certain areas.”
Vergura has been called to the past eight training camps for the U16 USA National Team, and she recently traveled to Amsterdam, where she played against the Dutch U16 National Team. The teams tied, 3-3, and Vergura added an assist on the first goal. * highlights below.
“Every camp is such a great experience because I get to train with the best players in the country, which only makes me better," Vergura said.
“(Maddy) has really done a great job of encouraging other players,” said Fischelis. “Just by being the player she is, she instills confidence in the rest of the team that they can have success.”
In addition to her club and National team accomplishments, Vergura is also committed to play soccer at Penn State University. She committed during her sophomore year in high school. The Nittany Lions are currently in third place in the competitive Big 10 Conference, with a 9-2-4 overall record and 5-0-3 record in league.
“When I first stepped on campus, I knew it was the one,” Vergura said of the beautiful State College, PA campus. “Penn State won me over with the campus, facilities, coaches, and students. Everyone there is just so happy and that is what I wanted to feel.”
Vergura was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and lived there for the first 6 years of her life, before moving to Concord.
"My first playing experiences were in Arizona," Vergura said. " I was briefly involved in the town program, but I spent almost all of my time with club."
Vergura grew up honing her craft on the pitch, but it was actually golf, where the young star shined brightest at a young age. At eight years-old she placed second in her age group at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships in Pinehurst, N.C. She shot a three-round total of 110."
"For a long time, I played golf much more than soccer," Vergura added. "Now, soccer is the only sport I focus on, but I play many different sports with my friends and family."
Vergura does an amazing job, balancing the job of a student-athlete, with the rigors and responsibilities of an elite National level athlete. Whether she plays with her friends on the school team, fighting for state championships, or whether she is wearing the USA badge proudly on her shirt in foreign countries, Maddy Vergura remains grounded in the important aspects of being a teenager.
"Off the field, I just love spending time with family and friends," Vergura said.
Vergura and the Patriots get back to action on Tuesday, as they travel to Westford Academy for a 4 p.m. contest. Next week also includes a big match-up with Lincoln-Sudbury, on Thursday at L-S. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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