Gregori's McDuffy Bee's Girls Soccer Player of the Year

Jaguar scored high marks on field and in classroom

bvanderbeek@modbee.comJune 11, 2013 

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ED CRISOSTOMO/ Girl's soccer player of the year Gregori High's Maryssa McDuffy.

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ON THE PITCH: When asked what her team's record was this season, all Maryssa McDuffy could remember was the losses. When asked how many goals and assists she recorded, she said she had no idea. Right there, you can see what really matters to this elite all-around student-athlete.

For the record, McDuffy tallied 26 goals and handed out 10 assists, and hopes to add to those totals the next four years at CSU Stanislaus. She will be a Warrior on athletic scholarship starting this fall.

Gregori was poised to follow the lead of its volleyball and basketball teams and claim a Modesto Metro Conference title, rolling out to a 13-1 start to the season. But the Jags had to settle for second place after dropping their final two MMC games to Downey and league champion Enochs. Then — as No. 7 seed and playing at home — the Jags fell 3-0 to Roseville in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs. McDuffy also was The Bee's player of the year in 2011 while at Enochs.

OFF THE PITCH: It's difficult to think of a more well-rounded athlete ever to come out of Modesto. McDuffy won the Modesto Metro Conference cross-country league meet as a freshman at Davis and finished third in the section. In three seasons of varsity basketball (Enochs, Davis and Gregori) she scored 1,291 points, going undefeated in league play as a junior and senior.

Despite playing sports year-round and transferring three times she remained an honor roll student.

"School always has kind of come naturally to me," McDuffy said. "As long as you do your homework you should be pretty good, but there were nights after games and practices when I was tired and really didn't want to do it. I've always wanted to go to college and that's what kept me going."

LOOKING AHEAD: Starting this fall, McDuffy will be a single-sport athlete for the first time in her life. "It's going to be very different putting all my effort into one sport," she said. "I'm excited because I don't know what that's going to be like."

CSU Stanislaus coach Gabe Bolton is just as excited to see the results when McDuffy concentrates her energy on the pitch.

"The scary part is that soccer is her first love and passion, but she's never been a full-time soccer player." Bolton said. "Her upside is fantastic. "It doesn't get better for us as a soccer athlete and student — a local player who can be a hometown hero for our program, and that's what she brings to the table for us."

QUOTABLE: "She's one of the most competitive people I've ever been around. She wants to win everything — she wants to be the first one to reach the parking lot. I love that enthusiasm and that passion and she's bringing that to our team." — Gabe Bolton, CSU Stanislaus women's soccer coach

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