Durham Academy soccer player wins national honor

From staff reportsMay 26, 2010 


Mollie Pathman of Durham Academy received 2009-2010 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year today. U.S. Women's national team player Cat Reddick Whitehill visited the school and broke the news for her. Pathman, the senior forward and midfielder who scored 29 goals this season, will attend Duke University next fall.

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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. It’s absolutely indescribable, and I don’t think it’s 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.

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