South County Scorer Off to Fast Start
It took South County senior Megan Wears 22 games last fall to score nine goals, a season-long span that saw South County’s field hockey team amass an 18-4 record and reach the Northern Region semifinals.
This season, it’s taken her five games to score seven goals, including a hat trick during Tuesday night’s 3-2 overtime win at Chantilly.
At this pace, Wears will surpass her 2008 scoring total around halftime of the Stallions’ Sept. 10 contest at Madison, and that’s after she presumably scores 1.4 goals -- her per-game average this season -- tonight during a non-district contest with Langley.
And you thought this post was going to be about Wears’ hot start? Nope. She’s miraculously found a way to get 40 percent of the ball into the cage and still have it count. . . . Okay, so maybe this post is about Wears’ hot start.
I asked fifth-year Coach Leah Conte on Wednesday night if there was any correlation between Wears’ seven goals or if there’s any explanation for why she’s suddenly turned into Alex Ovechkin.
“Megan just carries that ball at speed, and I think it threw [Chantilly] off-guard,” Conte said. “I don’t think they were ready for her speed and her ball control. She had some great opportunities and some great shots on goal.”
Keep in mind, too, that Wears serves as South County’s primary sniper on corners, meaning when Conte can draw up a specific insertion play, it’s often geared toward Wears because of her explosive shot.
This is something I can certainly vouch for. Last fall I covered a South County game and watched Megan Rea -- who has since graduated -- and Wears take several Al Iafrate-like hacks at the ball. A few of Rea’s shots sailed far beyond the field and toward South County’s football stadium. Needless to say, I don’t think there was a freshman chasing those.
Through South County’s first five games, the Stallions are 4-1 with wins over Jefferson, Washington-Lee, Westfield and West Springfield. Westfield won its first Concorde District title last fall, two years after winning the 2006 Northern Region championship. West Springfield, meanwhile, should figure to challenge South County in the Patriot District.
“She has a come a long way in her career,” Conte said of Wears, who’s one of team’s captains. “She really worked hard this offseason to step up. We’re going to be looking for her to score a ton of goals for us.”
September 3, 2009; 4:30 PM ET
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