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Evans anchors Cougars with hate-to-lose attitude
by Aaron Retherford
Oct 03, 2011 | 1194 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Not many girls soccer teams have a weapon like Spanish Springs senior Megan Evans.

At 5-foot 9 1/2 inches, she stands above most girls and is a good target for a header on crosses or corners. Evans has good speed and is physical, unafraid to use her strength to win 50-50 balls. She also makes the most of her scoring opportunities, being efficient with her shots.

Spanish Springs girls soccer coach Mike Faker uses Evans a lot of the time at a center striker position, but she also plays center midfield at times. Evans could play in the center back if needed.

“She’s just solid. Wherever we put her, she does a great job,” Faker said. “When we play her in the middle of the field, our middle of the field is pretty strong. When we put her up top, she’s dangerous and requires people to mark her. When she’s up top, she doesn’t get the ball much because other teams double team her sometimes and it gives other people opportunities.”

The Cougars have only scored 15 goals this season, and Evans has contributed to six of those scores with three goals and three assists.

But maybe her most appreciated quality is the fact she hates to lose. Evans has an intensity that a lot of girls don’t possess.

“She’s her worst critic. Her biggest problem is she’s too hard on herself,” Faker said. “She definitely wants to win games. She doesn’t like to lose. This year we have four losses, and they’ve been hard on her. It’s good to have someone who cares. She wants to win every game.”

Evans is one of the team’s captains. Faker said she’s not the most vocal leader, but puts her in the same group as former Cougars standout Sara Voss, who went on to play at Nevada. The big reason Evans is a captain is because of the work she puts out on the practice field.

Evans enjoys her role as captain.

“It’s fun. I like having a lot more responsibility this year,” Evans said. “I like being able to influence the younger players.”

Evans, a first team all-league forward as a junior, said she’s been playing soccer for eight or nine years, but this has been her favorite year of high school soccer so far. She hopes to return to the playoffs and set an example for future captains.

This is her favorite season because of the group of girls she has around her.

“I think we connect really well on a personal level. We’re really close. A lot of us our friends off the field,” Evans said. “I think it’s good with how close our whole team is.”
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