Friday, September 9, 2011

Eclipse's McGowan gains experience, confidence from U.S. U-15 sessions

By Charlie Corr
Eclipse Select staff

CHICAGO -- Lake Forest, Ill., native and Eclipse Select Soccer Club defender Ginny McGowan has had a busy 2011 on the pitch.

In the spring, McGowan made an immediate impact for Lake Forest High School during her freshman season, helping the Scouts to a sectional title match, earning team MVP honors and was the only freshman to receive special mention on the Chicago Tribune's All-State selections.

But surrounding the prep season and her club ball with Eclipse Select, McGowan has been a regular part of the U.S. U-15 Girls' National Team as she was invited to its training camp on three occasions this year. She recently wrapped up a session on Aug. 29 in Carson, Calif., and competing alongside some of the nation's top talent has been a valuable experience for McGowan.

"It has brought me confidence," McGowan said. "The level of play, technically it's a lot better and you're competing against each other. When you go through these camps, you're constantly being tested. It's pretty tough."

In the August camp, McGowan was joined by fellow Eclipse Select forwards Kayla McCoy (Lincolnwood, Ill.) and Maya Neal (Naperville, Ill.).


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