Philp signs with Belmont Abbey
Thu. May 10, 2012 at 10:14 a.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
The Belmont Abbey College women’s soccer coaching staff was on the recruiting trail looking for a young player who could step in and help the program in the goal-scoring category.
Vandebilt Catholic senior Meghan Philp gave those coaches 156 reasons why she can be that player.
Philp will leave Vandebilt as the leading scorer in the history of the girls soccer program with 156 goals and has signed a scholarship with the Division II school located in Charlotte, N.C.
“They looked at the fact that I broke the record and said they needed someone who was going to be aggressive and be an attacker,” Philp said.
Lady Terriers coach Philip Amedee said Philp never made much of a production over becoming Vandebilt’s all-time scoring leader.
“She was very humble about it,” Amedee said. “We didn’t discuss it at all her senior year until she got within four goals. She wanted to score meaningful goals. That is just the type of player she is. The majority of her goals in her career have been meaningful goals. She is very deserving of it. She is as dedicated a player as I have ever had and is dedicated to the school and the game of soccer.”
Philp (5-foot-5) was a four-year starter for the Lady Terriers, finished with a state championship and three runner-up trophies and this past season was the Division II MVP, her district’s MVP and was nominated for Gatorade State Player of the Year.
She picked Belmont Abbey after having interest from TCU, Hofstra, Southern Miss, William-Carey, Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss., and Ashland University in Ohio.
“One of the main things is that it is a Catholic college. I have been in Catholic school all my life, so I wanted to go to a Catholic school,” Philp said. “On the soccer side of it, they were the most competitive school that I looked at. They have made their conference finals the past six years.”
Philp began her career as a forward at Vandebilt before switching to the midfield as a sophomore.
“Meghan is an all-around player,” Amedee said. “When she first started playing for us, she was a forward, but then she was asked to move into the midfield role, which is less of a scoring role, but she took it like a true leader would and was able to score from the midfield. She is going to bring a certain level of intensity and skill that will benefit (Belmont Abbey) immediately.”
Philp said she plans on working hard to get better before the start of her freshman season in college. One of the things she wants to do is become an even more prominent goal scorer.
“Speed of play is a big thing,” Philp said. “The college level is just so much faster than high school. I am going to be training over the summer to work on my touch. I also want to work on my shooting and taking shots when I have them. A lot of times I am an unselfish player and don’t tend to shoot as much.”
Philp added she is looking forward to the experience of going away to college.
“It’s exciting, but I am a little nervous too,” Philp said. “It’s a great opportunity. It’s going to be weird being so far away, but I will have the chance to meet a lot of new people and build new relationships.”