Morgan Reid helped make soccer history in September 2012 when she played with the United States’ U-17 girls’ national team in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup competition.
The tournament was the first held in Azerbaijan, a country of about 9 million that is bordered by the Caspian Sea, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran.
The U-17 girls’ squad also was the first team to be eliminated from World Cup competition without losing. The squad tied France 0-0, beat Gambia 6-0 and tied North Korea 1-1. North Korea, which eventually lost in the final to France, advanced because it beat Gambia by a bigger margin.
The elimination in the early rounds was a disappointment after months of preparation.
“I missed about a third of my sophomore year at Cardinal Gibbons training for the World Cup matches,” Reid said. “I would be gone for a week or more every month, and then we had trained for a month in Cypress. It was quite an experience.”
Reid’s national soccer obligations will knock her out of the Crusaders’ first two playoff games, assuming the Crusaders (13-1-2) win the opener.
Now 18, Reid is one of two high school players in the country who have been invited to this week’s U.S. U-20 camp in Chula Vista, Calif. The training camp will be her first experience with the club, although she knows several of the players from younger national teams.
Missing part of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs is a concern, and she hopes the team wins without her. Playing with her high school teammates is important to her.
“You are representing something when you play for the school,” she said. “You have friends who aren’t involved in soccer, and they are excited for you and people at the school are involved. You are representing your school and the student body. You don’t get that on the club level.”
Soccer has been the focus of much of her athletic life, but she also was a four-year starter in basketball and led the Crusaders in scoring and assists each season. She had 1,212 career points.
Looking back over her senior season, she ranks the 23-6 basketball team advancing to the third round of the playoffs right up with the 1-0 soccer victory over Chapel Hill last week.
The soccer win against the Tigers helped Cardinal Gibbons tie for the Big Eight 3A regular-season title. Reid has 22 goals from her center midfield position, despite missing the first two games because of basketball commitments.
Reid had opportunities to play college basketball and said she loves the two sports equally, but she decided she wanted to play soccer at Duke.
“I have invested a lot more in soccer than in basketball,” she said. “Duke seems like the perfect school for me.”