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Stephanie Mays’ “desire for the team to succeed is what’s always stood out the most to me,” says her coach.
Stephanie Mays’ “desire for the team to succeed is what’s always stood out the most to me,” says her coach.Taylor C. Snow

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Casey Grange recalls her first season as the varsity girls’ soccer coach at Central Catholic and her decision to insert a freshman defender into the starting lineup.

That promising first-year player, Stephanie May, displayed uncanny determination and selflessness in the Raiders’ run to the Division 1 state title in 2010.

And throughout her four seasons, she continued to have a major impact on the program.

“She’s definitely been the heart and soul of not just the defense, but the whole team,” said the 28-year-old coach.

It looked as if Central was bound for another state title this fall. The Raiders were untouchable in the regular season, outscoring foes 73-3, in an 18-0-0 slate.

But the perfect run was halted with a stunning 1-0 loss to Acton-Boxborough in the sectional semifinals.

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