ESPNBoston.com and its high school section today announced that Christina Callahan, senior midfielder for the Newton North Tigers, is the recipient of its second annual "Miss Soccer" award, presented annually to the top high school soccer player in Massachusetts.
The Miss Soccer award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents. Callahan joins Franklin’s Kristi Kirshe (2012) as the award’s recipients.
Callahan will be presented the award at a later date.
“It was a wonderful season and I think Christina is the epitome of our team,” Tigers head coach James Hamblin said. “She was a captain, a leader. In my eyes, she was the most complete soccer player on our team and in our league this year. She could change the game in a blink of an eye. At any time of the game, she was always dangerous.”
Callahan was the Bay State Conference Most Valuable Player as she led her Tigers teammates to the Division 1 state championship this year. Newton North posted an undefeated record of 20-0-2 and conceded just 10 goals against. Callahan scored 10 goals with eight assists on the season.
Callahan collected Eastern Mass., All-State and All-New England honors. She was also an All-American -- one of 48 in the nation -- and will receive the honor at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America awards banquet in Philadelphia in January.
“Christina was one of three captains, but whenever we were down, or behind, she was the one driving the team forward,” Hamblin said. “She’s the one with that spark or bit of energy that was contagious for the rest of the team.”
Callahan will continue her soccer career at the College of the Holy Cross next year.