Meet This Student: Maggie O’Neill

Maggie ONeil kicks the ball past defenders.

Maggie O’Neil kicks the ball past defenders.

 The Lady Hatters soccer team has been one of the more impressive aspects of the high school’s sports program for a long time.

This season the Lady hatters boasted an impressive 8-2 record, and followed up their success into playoffs where they defeated Neshaminy 2-0. Unfortunately the next round they had met their match when they lost to top seed Downingtown East by the same margin. 

But there is no doubt that despite this loss the season was still impressive especially considering the strange circumstances and uncertainty presented by COVID-19. This success can be attributed to many individuals, but one certainly stands out the most.

What senior midfielder Maggie O’Neill lacks in stature, she makes up for in grit and determination. Maggie said, “I think my dedication and hard work [led me to be successful on the field].”

“She is always the most hardworking and focused player on the field,” said teammate junior Emily Thomas. 

However, Maggie’s prowess on the field is no seamless feat. It is a result of a tireless work ethic and tedious off-the-field work. These individual efforts are not always widely recognized, but are just as paramount of a contributor to her success. 

“From a young age, I knew I wanted to play Division 1 soccer, and play at the highest possible level. I practice on my own a ton and am always seeking opportunities to become a better player,” said Maggie.

Maggie O’Neil warms up with her team before a game.

These traits contribute greatly to Maggie’s success on the field, as she was named both first team all league and all Southeastern PA. Her tireless efforts to be better are also incredibly inspirational to those around her. Teammate junior Marissa Rapino put it best when she said, “[Maggie] is an incredible person to be on the field with. She leads by example and always makes sure everyone feels included. She makes practices fun and worthwhile and pushes us to be the best we can be.” 

It is these exact qualities that have turned Maggie into such an incredible leader and an inspiring captain. “Maggie is a leader both on and off the field. Maggie always has an encouraging smile on her face while getting us through workouts and it makes it so much easier,” said center defender Bridget Mcfadden.

Fortunately, Maggie’s soccer journey does not stop in high school. She has committed to Division 1 school Sacred Heart University, and there is no doubt that she will continue to be incredible there too.

“Playing high school soccer has been a huge part of my life. I have made so many memories with the team and I am forever grateful for my time spent repping HH. I am really excited about the future and continuing my soccer career at Sacred Heart, and could not have done it without my HHGS family,” said Maggie.