Written by Corbett Smith
Carroll's Mac McGuire, Boyd's Meghan Streight named Dallas-area soccer players of the year
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mac McGuire, SL Carroll
Yr.: Sr. Pos.: F
Notable: 37 goals, 21 assists
About McGuire: He was the leading scorer on the Class 5A state champions, and he scored the game’s final goal in a 2-0 win over Round Rock McNeil in the championship game.
Did you know? Signed with Boston University for soccer, McGuire was a first-team all-state kicker, going 10-for-10 on field goals and 44-for-44 on extra points in the regular season.
When asked what he was doing in his free time, nearly two weeks after winning the Class 5A state title with Southlake Carroll, Mac McGuire replied “nothing much,” before amending his answer.
“Oh, just track — and going to the gym, lifting,” McGuire said.
For McGuire, that’s what qualifies as a light work week.
Not only was he Southlake Carroll’s key offensive threat — with 37 goals and 21 assists — McGuire was also the school’s best middle-distance runner and the football team’s kicker. McGuire didn’t just play sports, he shined while doing so.
He was an all-state kicker, and, if not for a slight groin injury suffered in the soccer playoffs, he would have probably advanced to state in track in the 800. He probably will regardless, as a member of Carroll’s 4x400 relay team, which has the fastest time in the state heading into regionals.
“He’s a physical specimen,” Carroll coach Greg Oglesby said.
McGuire’s combination of size, speed and endurance made him impossible to mark. And he relished his role as a team captain, pumping up his teammates before games.
“When you have the pace that he has, and that thrill for scoring, that energy and passion to put the ball in the back of the net, you are going to score some goals,” Oglesby said.
Despite graduating 14 seniors and losing under-17 national team member Alfred Koroma before the season, Carroll didn’t lose a game, finishing 28-0-3 and ranked No. 2 nationally by ESPN RISE.
“We just had so much heart and determination all year,” McGuire said after the final. “It feels good for all that to pay off.”
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Meghan Streight, McKinney Boyd
Yr.: Sr. Pos.: D
Notable: Nine goals, 13 assists, team allowed 0.41 goals per game
About Streight: A Texas A&M signee, she was the District 10-5A defensive player of the year. She was a member of the state all-tournament team in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Did you know? Streight has a twin brother, Michael, who was an all-district cornerback on Boyd’s football team. Michael also plans on attending A&M.
McKinney Boyd defender Meghan Streight missed one game this season.
It was the only game in which Boyd — which finished 28-1-1 en route to the Class 5A state title — allowed more than one goal.
“So much of what we do starts with her,” Boyd coach Jimmie Lankford said.
Streight might have sacrificed goals and glory by playing as a defender, but she always made an impact on the game, be it as one of the main cogs on defense or pushing forward on set pieces.
“In the end, we want to be at state, winning,” Streight said. “Whoever scores, scores. But whoever does the game-winning slide tackle to stop a goal — it’s the little things that get us there as a team.”
With Streight patrolling the back, Boyd allowed 0.41 goals per game. She scored nine goals and added 13 assists as a center back.
“She’s the most athletic girl I’ve ever coached,” Lankford said. “And she’s extremely soccer knowledgeable. She understands the game as well as anyone I’ve ever coached.”
Along with Lauren Katada, Jacqueline Cox and fellow Texas A&M signee Kelley Monogue, Streight is part of a core group of Boyd seniors who have dominated since their freshmen years. The group has a four-year record of 104-9-7, winning state titles in 2008 and 2011 and making the final in 2010.