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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

December 24, 2008
THE YEARíS BESTóNo. 8
Mewis named Young Athlete of the Year


Kristie Mewis was named the Young Athlete of the Year by U.S. Soccer after winning the Bronze Ball at the U-17 Women's World Cup
Kristie Mewis was named the Young Athlete of the Year by U.S. Soccer after winning the Bronze Ball at the U-17 Women's World Cup
Photo courtesy of U.S. Soccer
Kristie Mewis, of Hanson, Mass., was named U.S. Soccerís Young Female Athlete of the Year.
Mewis, the U-17 WNT's attacking center midfielder, enjoyed a stellar U-17 Women's World Cup, scoring two goals and winning the Bronze Ball as the tournamentís third-best player.

An outside midfielder by trade, she moved to the middle after the first match and made an impact on every game. She was one of the U.S.'s leading scorers this year with 13 goals, including six in international matches.

Her goal in the quarterfinals against South Korea, gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute. She crushed a left-footed shot from about 23 yards out that sailed from just left of the penalty arc into the upper right corner.

ďIt's a great honor to win this award, especially with all the great players who have played for U.S. National Teams this year and all the amazing players who have played for the U.S. in the past,Ē said Mewis, who will enter Boston College as a freshman in the fall.

The 17-year-old Mewis and her younger sister, 15-year-old Samantha, both play for Whitman-Hanson High School .
   
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