Hermann Trophy candidate talks Aggieland, leadership and hitting the books
by Katelyn Mouser
All-American Meghan Streight is a junior midfielder on the Texas A&M soccer team.
The 20-year old, a product of McKinney Boyd High School, has seen her name show up on many an awards list as she led the Aggies to the SEC West title last year and another NCAA Tournament berth.
This fall she was selected to the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy, the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer.
She sat down recently with AggieAthletics.com to talk about her life as an Aggie soccer player, her teammates, her goals and more.
What made you choose Texas A&M?
“Oh goodness. I grew up pretty much coming to A&M. I have two older sisters and they came to A&M. As a younger girl I would come to soccer games and visit them and I just knew as a little girl that I wanted to play here and it was always my dream to play here, and it was really by the grace of God that it happened. I’m just very thankful to be playing for my dream school because if it wouldn’t have worked out here, I don’t know where I would have gone.”
You have had a tremendous career here at A&M. Last year you were named to the NSCAA All-America Third Team, the All-SEC first team, and the SEC All-Tournament Team. These are just a few of the accomplishments you’ve made…what is it like to see your name on these teams?
“It’s just a huge blessing. I’m so honored to be awarded those titles and those awards. I’m so thankful to be playing here like I said earlier with this team and with this group of girls. They are just so special to me and they mean so much to me and to play with them every weekend and every single day, it’s just a dream come true and I’m just so thankful for it.”
You were also on the SEC Academic Honor Roll last year. How have you managed to balance the team and school work so well?
“Not easily. I take school work very seriously, as much as I do soccer, so getting my school work done in a proper time is very important to me. I like to do well, I like to get good grades, and it’s just as important to me as soccer.”
What are your goals for your junior season?
“Well, I mean, obviously to make it to the National Championship. But that’s every team’s goal starting out. Just doing better than what we did last season, going further then we have ever gone before…playing together as a team and trying to win the SEC and the Western Division. We have a lot to look forward to in this season.”
Now that you have one season in the SEC under your belt, how do you feel going into year two?
“Very confident in ourselves. We have a lot of returners and most of our starters are upperclassmen, so everybody is pretty much experienced, very experienced actually. So we know what to expect and what needs to be done in order to obtain certain goals that we have for the SEC. I’m excited for it. ”
As a junior, what have you and your fellow teammates tried to instill in the younger players of the team?
“Showing them and inspiring them that we are capable of so much, and that we come together and play together as a team and doing what we know we are capable of doing on the field. ”
What has been your most memorable moment in your soccer career here at Texas A&M?
“My freshman year when we beat North Carolina. It was one of our first games of the season and we had just come off a pretty bad loss against Duke, and we turned around two days later and beat the No. 1 team in the nation in overtime. So that was probably one of the most exciting times.”