Molley Shea '13 helps West to silver medal in girls' soccer at Bay State Games
Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Molley Shea '13 finished her run at the Bay State Games with quite the medal collection – one of every color.
With Molley starting at outside fullback, the West reached the gold medal game July 15 at Waltham High School, with the local region falling to Northeast 1-0.
Along with her silver medal from this season, Molley also has a gold medal from last year's team and a bronze from 2010.
“It's a good feeling knowing you're playing for your section of Massachusetts, almost like the Olympics, and especially because the Olympics are later this year,” Molley said. “I think the Bay State Games are great. You can meet girls from all over the region who are doing the same thing you love to do, and you have the chance to play with girls you've never played with before. And it's a great way to stay in shape, get touches on the ball, and play the game you love, which is what I enjoy.”
Molley enjoyed another strong performance at the 2012 Bay State Games. She started most of the West's six games, including in the semifinal and final. She finished with two assists.
The championship was evenly played, with the only difference being the one goal by Northeast.
“Unfortunately we came up a little short,” said Molley, who noted the final was played in terribly hot conditions. “We had a very young team. I thought all in all the game was evenly matched. Players on both teams had plenty of opportunities. They unfortunately got one in before we could.”
With another medal and the Bay State Games completed, Molley is now zeroed in on winning something even greater at the prep level: a New England title.
“We're only losing two seniors, but we have a lot of strong young girls who are willing to step up and hopefully we can win a New England championship, and that's what we're all looking forward to and we all want it so badly,” Molley said. “Hopefully this will be our year.”