by Emma Cromidas
Grace McGoldrick, a senior captain of the NAHS girls soccer team, is excited to lead her team into another successful fall season. She hopes to qualify for the state tournament yet again and create irreplaceable memories with her team.
“Last year was the farthest that NAHS has ever made it to tournament so we’re all really motivated to hopefully get even further,” said Grace. “It shows through all our hard work at practices and at games that we are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful.”
Grace plays center midfield for the varsity team and enjoys this position because she “likes to let out all of her emotions and it feels great to connect a pass from one end of the field to the other.” She has been playing soccer since she was five years old and says that the sport represents a big part of who she is.
Grace and her co-captain, Julianna DiRenzo, understand each other both on and off the field, according to McGoldrick. Although they have different managing styles, they work well together and balance each other out.
“Being a captain with Grace is so rewarding. She really pushes me to be a better player and person and I think that really shows how great of a captain she is,” said co-captain Julianna DiRenzo.
“I love the sport and I was so honored to be voted captain. I can’t wait to set an example for the younger players and show them that hard work really pays off,” said Grace. “I have never been the best player on my team, but I always put in 100% in every single drill and game.”
“Two really inspiring girls on my team are our defenders Rachel Labonte and Emily Chaisson. They are so hardworking and our team would fall apart without them in the back. They really push me to be a better player,” said Grace. “Outside of soccer, they are also both amazing friends and I love spending time with them.”
When Grace isn’t hustling at practice, she enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, and napping.
“I don’t really have a lot of time to myself outside of soccer which is why I eventually had to give up playing lacrosse,” explained Grace. “When I’m not playing soccer, I’m usually either sleeping or hanging out with my friends.”
Senior Julia Noreck describes Grace as an “outgoing and friendly person” and says that Grace is always there when anyone needs her. “I think the best way to describe Grace is that she is so helpful and caring and she always looks out for our best interests. I’m so lucky to have her as my captain and I’m sure everyone else on the team would say the same,” explained Noreck.
McGoldrick works as a hostess at Northworks in downtown North Attleboro and as a recreational soccer referee for the town. “Reffing soccer is fun because I can remember being that little girl on the recreational soccer team learning how to play and now I get to experience how other little girls develop as players on the field,” explained Grace.
She is involved in the college process and is looking to attend either the University of San Diego, the University of Connecticut, or Providence College. She hopes to major in biology and minor in public service in order to start her pre-med requisites. In five years, Grace will either be in the Peace Corps or starting medical school.