CLIFTON PARK — Ever since Meghan Cavanaugh can remember, she’s had a soccer ball at her feet and her eyes looking ahead at what’s to come. Rarely has there been a time when Cavanaugh, a senior at Shenendehowa, has been between teams.
“On to the next,” is her mantra.
After guiding her high school team to the Section II Class AA championship game this fall, what comes next for the 17-year-old is pretty big.
Cavanaugh, who plays club soccer for New York Elite FC, is competing this week at the Olympic Development Program Girls Thanksgiving Interregional tournament. The event — which runs until Friday at Spanish River Athletic Park and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. — brings together the top youth players from four regions across the country to play and train in front of coaches and decision-makers from U.S. Soccer national teams.
“I’m so excited for her,” Shenendehowa head coach Holli Nirsberger said. “This is a great opportunity; very few kids get this opportunity.”
Cavanaugh is a member of the tournament’s Region 1 team for her age group, which encompasses players from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas born in 1998. Five players from New York are on the team’s roster, with Cavanaugh the only player from the Capital Region.