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Prep girls soccer: SCCS soccer player is also an accomplished musician

Posted: February 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian soccer player Megan Gallagher is a three-time all-league selection and will audition this month for the USC Thornton School of Music.

This season, Santa Clarita Christian School senior Megan Gallagher has scored 17 goals and tallied nine assists for a 10-2-3 Cardinals girls soccer team that has scored 100 goals and blown through most of its Omega League opponents with little resistance.

Once the year is over, she’s a virtual lock to be voted to her fourth all-league team in as many years, a referendum of just how consistently good she has been since she began high school in 2009.

But if Megan Gallagher never played soccer a day in her life, she’d still have a unique skill set.

“I play the drums, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, harmonica, piano and djembe, that’s if you count djembe because it’s basically the same thing as a drum,” Gallagher said.

But it’s one thing to play all of those instruments, it’s another to achieve the level of musicianship in each that Gallagher has.

On Feb. 10 she’s set for a drum audition at the USC Thornton School of Music, looking to gain entrance to the program with an emphasis in contemporary and pop music.

“Megan doesn’t do anything halfway,” says Cardinals head coach Matthew Gale. “When she does something or is asked to do something, she does it to please her friends, family, and God.”
Gale would know, too, because he’s asked Gallagher to do just about everything and she’s responded to the call.

“Freshman year Megan came onto a loaded team, but none of our players were left-footed,” Gale said. “So in practice she’d do drills by herself to develop her left foot and soon enough she turned into a fine left outside midfielder and scored seven goals for us that season.”

That, of course, was just the beginning of what has proved to be an accomplished high school soccer career.

As of Wednesday, Gallagher has scored 40 career goals and added 37 assists in her role as the team’s do-it-all offensive facilitator.

Unfortunately, the only thing that the Cardinals have failed to do since she arrived at SCCS is make a deep playoff run, making it past the first round once and never advancing beyond the second round.

“This year we are going to go into playoffs and we are going to go in hard,” Gallagher says. “I do want to make this last year last as long as possible, I’ve really loved playing with all of my teammates.”

In addition to the upcoming playoffs, Gallagher’s looming music audition almost clinches this February as perhaps one of the most important months of her high school experience.

But while a playoff run for the Cardinals is still up in the air, Gallagher’s chapel band instructor, Greg Clark, is sure she’ll pull out all of the stops during her date with USC in just under a week.

“When I talk about Megan, I think she’s got to be one of the best examples of pure God-given talent that I’ve seen,” says Clark, who has enjoyed Gallagher’s talents as the SCCS Chapel Band drummer since she joined the unit in seventh grade. “I think she performs very well under pressure, and I’m confident in her skills and the support she’ll receive from her family and friends in the upcoming weeks.”

On the field and in the music room, Megan Gallagher’s intrinsic motivation has led her achieve a standard of excellence well beyond her instructors’ expectations.

And while the stages may get larger and more demanding, there’s no reason to believe that trend will change anytime soon.


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