CLEWISTON — On March 21 Clewiston High School senior Megan Pittman signed a letter of intent to continue her soccer career at Broward College.
“I really wanted to play college soccer, and Broward gave me that opportunity,” said Miss Pittman. “I want to thank Coach Kari and Coach Ricky for always pushing me, as well as my parents and my sister Casey.”
The Broward College Seahawks girls soccer team went 6-4-1 during their 2017 season and is coached by Micheal Goodrich in his third year. The Seahawks are comprised of a diverse group of talented athletes, with some players hailing from as far away as Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Megan played defense during her time at Clewiston and was an integral part in the Tigers record breaking 2017 season that saw the girls make it all the way to the regional finals.
That 2017 season marked the first time any Clewiston girls soccer team advanced to the regional finals in school history. Another highlight during Megan’s tenure with Clewiston would be when the Lady Tigers knocked perennial playoff contender Bishop Verot out of contention in dramatic fashion during a shootout at the end of the game.
Two games after knocking out Bishop Verot the Lady Tigers faced another district rival, Oasis, in the regional semifinal. Oasis had beaten Clewiston during every match of the 2017 season, and most likely were expecting to cruise to another victory over the Lady Tigers. But Megan and her Clewiston teammates had different plans, and the Lady Tigers shocked Oasis 2-1 in double overtime.
“That was a great experience,” said Miss. Pittman with a laugh.
Megan played soccer year round, which she says helped improve her skills on the field.
“Playing during the summer with Coach Ricky definitely helped me,” explained Miss Pittman. “It pushed me and helped me learn my strengths. I started playing soccer as a forward, but eventually I moved all the way back to the defensive line. I had to do a lot of learning.”
As she moves on to college, Megan says she sees potential in the Clewiston girls she’s leaving behind.
“As long as they stay committed and put in the extra work they can definitely improve next year,” Miss Pittman concluded.