With five assists in North Quincy's 7-0 victory over East Boston in girls' soccer action on Tuesday afternoon, senior captain Shannon McCleary set a new single-game assist record for North Quincy High School.
The forward broke the previous record of four assists, set by Emily Malone in a win over Medford in 2006. Malone went on to play Division 1 soccer at Mercer University in Georgia.
McCleary is also North Quincy's fifth all-time leading scorer with 24 goals. Despite the high goal total, Red Raiders coach Paul Bregoli said most of her points come from assists.
"She's a great kid, but soccer-wise she has really dedicated herself to becoming a great player," Bregoli said. "She unselfish. She'll give the ball up and look for someone else to score."
After netting 11 goals last season, McCleary has only scored one this fall, netting a goal in a win over Malden on Monday. She also had an assist in that game.
"She's got great ball skills and she strikes the ball hard," Bergoli said. "She's got great field vision."
The remarkable thing about McCleary's performance this season is that she is coming of an ACL tear less than six months ago. Bergoli said the star player tore her ACL playing for the Scorpions Soccer Club out of Braintree in February. He calls her fast recovery "Wes Welker-ish."
With Division 1 dreams, McCleary was hoping to be showcased last spring, but the injury kept her off the field. Bergoli said whichever schools gets to put her name on their roster will be lucky.
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