The soccer accolades keep piling up for Mollie Pathman.
The Durham Academy senior was named the 2009-10 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player this morning. She is only the second high-school athlete from North Carolina in the award's 25-year history to win the honor.
Pathman was in the middle of teaching a freshman peer education class this morning when Cat Reddick Whitehill, a defender on the U.S. women's national soccer team stepped into the Durham Academy classroom to deliver the news.
Relaying the story shortly afterward at a school assembly held in her honor, Pathman received an extended standing ovation.
I had just finished a speech and then Cat walked in, Pathman said. It was definitely a shock. They had told us the cameras were here for something for the school. I obviously had no idea. Its absolutely indescribable, and I dont think its completely hit me yet.
Waking up this morning, I was just expecting to teach and then go to work. This is just amazing, and better than I could ever have imagined it.
The Cavaliers forward and midfielder will play for Duke this fall.
She became the second North Carolinian and second Durham resident to win a Gatorade National player of the year award, joining Riverside High volleyball standout Megan Hodge, who won the award during the 2005-06 school year.
Hodge went on to become the MVP of two NCAA championship teams for Penn State.