MacNichol

Catherine MacNichol of Roanoke Rapids controls near mid-field during an April 29 match versus Northern Nash. The 2021 graduate, who will attend Carnegie Mellon University this fall, was recently selected by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association as a member of its 2A All-State team.

Catherine MacNichol of Roanoke Rapids, whose volume-scoring senior campaign landed her a spot on the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 2A All-Region team several weeks ago, has also been named to its All-State outfit.

The honor is the second of its kind for the Carnegie Mellon signee, who was initially selected following a stellar 2019 season.

“She came in as such a mature player,” Roanoke Rapids head coach Craig Jean said of MacNichol earlier this spring. “As a ninth-grader, it was almost like dealing with a college sophomore, after they’ve been gone a year … makes everybody around her better, for sure.”

Indeed, as evidenced by her 384 points over four years — see also, 164 goals and 56 assists — which led the Jackets to an overall mark of 43-4, a pair of Northern Carolina 1A/2A league titles and three appearances in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs.

As a freshman, No. 17 signaled her varsity arrival in quick-hitting fashion, registering 56 goals to pair with 22 assists — numbers which, per maxpreps.com, ranked second in the state, regardless of classification.

Impressive.

So too was the encore, which spanned 48 goals and 17 assists as a sophomore, and 140 combined points over her final two seasons at Hoyle Field.

What’s more, from 2020-2021 — a dodgy, COVID-19-truncated timeline of just 14 matches — MacNichol scored at least four goals on 10 occasions.

Invitations and such

Prior to leaving for university this summer, MacNichol will play in two high-profile select contests, beginning with the Clash of the Carolinas match on June 26.

The exhibition, featuring 2021 graduates from North and South Carolina, will be staged at the WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary.

From there, it’s off to Greensboro on July 20, where MacNichol will finalize her prep career at the East-West All-Star Game.

Canceled last year due to COVID-19, the jamboree will be held at MacPherson Stadium, a 7,000-seat complex that operates under the Carolina Dynamo flag, a USL (United Soccer League) League Two installation.

History

MacNichol is the fifth player in Roanoke Rapids women’s soccer history to earn an invitation to the East-West bash, joining Yellow Jackets Jami Dickerson (2004), Jenna Minton (2002), Kelly McDonald (1998) and Virginia Watson, who competed in the 1995 showcase.