Soccer goalie goes D-1, pursues art career

Andy Kimball

Senior Megan McClure loves to create things.

She plans to play Division I soccer at Arkansas State and to major in fine arts. She enjoys having “the freedom that you have to create whatever you want. I also like hearing what people’s impressions of it are, because it’s always different than what I was thinking creating it.”

This year, McClure won the All-Write prize in art for her paintings of Leslie Sanazaro and of Andrew Smith’s book “Winger.” She was one of many students to voluntarily create artwork for guest speakers at the popular WGHS literary festival.

Megan McClure delivers a goal kick into play versus Kirkwood on April 20. Photo by Andy Kimball

As well as being an artist, McClure has been instrumental in constructing a women’s soccer dynasty in Webster Groves. In her four years as a goalkeeper for the Stateswomen, the all-State goalkeeper has compiled 222 saves with a record of 34 wins, five losses and two ties, while only allowing 19 goals in her 41 career games.

Webster has won District championships the last three years, made a final four run in McClure’s sophomore year, and finally captured its first State title this year thanks in large part to McClure’s performances. Her three penalty kick saves in the semifinal, her last second title-clinching save in the final, and her SportsCenter Top Ten 52-yard District-winning goal helped earn her the Post-Dispatch award for Player of the Year in high school sports.

McClure said mixing soccer and art can be hard, but finding time for both is the most important thing.

“It’s all about time management. I’m a very busy person because of my schoolwork, but that means you just have to set time aside to continue doing the things that you love,” McClure said. “It’s hard to fit, but I like it.”

McClure is excited for college soccer, saying, “It’s always been my dream to play college soccer and continue my soccer career, and Arkansas State is an awesome place to do that.”

Another dream for McClure is to become an artist. “My dream is to have my art talent be able to come through and to have a job so I can make a living off of something I love,” McClure said.

McClure said what makes her a good soccer player is “Dedication to the sport, and the time and energy I’m willing to put in doing it, and pushing back from the things that try to hold you back like time and school and injury and sore muscles. You kind of just have to push past that and keep working.”



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