The holidays are in full swing with New Year's Eve right around the corner. The New England Mutiny women's soccer team is already dreaming of Summer 2014 - the organization's 15th year of existence - and another shot at capturing a national championship. Towards that aim, the upcoming campaign for the Mutiny will see one of their young captains return to help sail the team's ship to victory.
Morgan Andrews will return for her third season with New England in Summer 2014, after helping the team to a winning record in WPSL Elite in 2012 and the East Championship in 2013. Andrews has started nine out of the 10 matches she has appeared in, notching two goals & three assists. She assisted on the game-tying goal by Lauren Reilly and scored the overtime winner in last summer's 3-2 East Final win over ASA Chesapeake.
"I am so excited to have Morgan return to the Mutiny," said New England Mutiny Team Owner Joe Ferrara, Jr. "On the field, she is undoubtedly one the best young talents in the entire nation. Off the field, her zeal for interacting with our younger fans over the last two seasons is nothing short of special."
"I am thrilled to be returning this summer to my New England Mutiny team, western Massachusetts and our fans," said Andrews. "Mutiny fans create an exciting and fun soccer environment for me to play in, truly a first rate professional stadium experience. I am looking forward to playing my third year with the Mutiny and for owner Joe Ferrara, a true professional who knows and loves our game.
"We had a great team last season with unbelievable chemistry. All the girls and I enjoyed our run into the playoffs. I am looking forward to coming home and to help lead the 2014 New England Mutiny to a WPSL National Championship!"
The reigning Gatorade National High School Player of the Year helped the No. 14 nationally-ranked Notre Dame women's soccer team earn a NCAA Tournament berth for the 21st consecutive season this fall. Leading the team in scoring as a midfielder, Andrews (22 GP-22 GS, 7g-5a-19pts) was a key cog in Head Coach Randy Waldrum's machine that reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Andrews notched four game-winning goals and garnered three separate honors this fall. The 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year was named to the All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman Team. Morgan's most notable goal of the season came when she headed in the lone goal in Notre Dame's 1-0 win at top-ranked North Carolina on Sept. 15, the program's first regular-season win over a No. 1 team since 1996.
Andrews is a member of the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team and has trained with the U-23 team. This December 14-21, Morgan will participate in U.S. U-20 training camp in Sunrise, FL that will serve as the final preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship. She served as captain of the U.S. Under-17's during 2011-2012 and led her team to the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, as well as a spot in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
Andrews concluded her soccer career at Milford H.S. (NH) with 114 goals and 53 assists. Morgan was the nation's No. 1-ranked high school player in the Class of 2013, a three-time Gatorade New Hampshire High School Player of the Year as well as the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School Player of the Year.
She also serves in her community as she founded the "Kicks For Cans" charity that trains area youth soccer players at clinicswhere attendees bring canned goods for local food banks as the entrance fee. Last winter, she collaborated with the American Red Cross for "Holiday Cards for Heroes": a campaign that mailed more than 1,700 holiday messages to troops deployed overseas.