DURHAM, N.C. – Another one of the nation’s top young stars will be a Blue Devil in 2018, as head coach Robbie Church announced the signing of 64th-ranked Marykate McGuire, a forward from Portsmouth, R.I.
McGuire joins the Blue Devils as the No. 64 player in TopDrawerSoccer’s Top 150. The Rhode Island native totaled 81 goals and 25 assists over two years with Portsmouth High School and one at St. George’s, capturing state championships her freshman and junior campaigns. The forward earned Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year honors three-straight seasons and was named a United Soccer Coaches All-American in 2016.
McGuire’s club career has seen her spend six years with the Boston Breakers Academy, capturing the 2014 and 2016 NPL National Championships, 2016 US Club National Championship and the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championship. McGuire has also been a member of ODP for four years, highlighted by being named the 2013 ODP Rhode Island Player of the Year. She was also named a member of the Region 1 Girls 2000 ODP Team from 2014-16.
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Marykate McGuire | Forward | Portsmouth, R.I. (Portsmouth HS)
Robbie Church on Marykate McGuire: “The one thing you can say about Marykate is she’s a goal scorer. She’s proved that at every level she’s played, whether it be high school or club. She has an unbelievable desire to score goals. She’s very good with her back to the goal. She’s also very good at combining with midfielders and being able to turn and strike the ball. She’s just one of those players that has a nose for scoring goals. She can create goals off the dribble and constantly puts herself in the best positions to score. Obviously with losing some firepower up front from last year’s team, we’re very excited to have Marykate come into our program and we believe she can have a huge impact from the start.”
Marykate McGuire on Joining Duke: “Duke is the best of both worlds; it has the best academics and athletics. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. Duke is such a beautiful campus, and I love North Carolina. Not to mention, Duke is a winning school. I love to try and win every game I play. I always want to be the best I can be.”
National Team Experience: U.S. U-18 National Team Training Camp invitee in 2017 … Selected to the U.S. U-16 National Team Training Camp in 2015 … Earned her first U.S. National Team Training Camp invite in 2013 with the U-14 squad.
High School: Ranked 64th in the TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Top 150 … Named the fifth-best in the Northeast region … Tabbed the No. 23 forward nationally … Star forward at Portsmouth High School and with the St. George Dragons who scored 81 goals and recorded 25 assists in three seasons … Missed her senior campaign due to a torn ACL … Captured two Division I State Championships with PHS … Three-time Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year (2014-16) … 2016 United Soccer Coaches All-America selection … Twice named Rhode Island Division I All-State (2014 & 2016) … Earned Rhode Island Top Scorer honors in 2016 and was named All-New England … Was named the 2016 Providence Journal Girls Soccer Player of the Year and Newport County Player of the Year in 2016, along with earning All-State, All-Region, All-Division and All-Tournament honors … Was a 2015 First Team All-Independent School League selection at St. George, earning top scorer honors in Rhode Island and landing on the All-New England Team … In her first season, collected All-State, Region, Division and Tournament honors for PHS, while also being named Newport County Player of the Year and the state’s top scorer … Earned Honor Roll status all four years in high school … Member of the National Honor Society (2017-18) and National Language Honor Society (2017-18) … Tabbed a Senior Mentor.
ODP/Club: Spent four years in ODP from 2013-16 … Four-time member of the Region 1 Girls 2000 ODP Team (2014-17) … Twice named to the All-Star Team for US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional (2014-15) … 2014 ODP Girls National Training Camp selection … Earned ODP Rhode Island Player of the Year honors in 2013 … 2014 and 2015 ID2 Camp participant … Played for the Boston Breakers Academy and coach Rolando Lopes … Captured the 2016 NPL and US Club National Championships … A 2015 NPL National Finalist and 2014 NPL National Champion … Helped lead her squad to the US Youth Soccer National Championship in 2014 and was named the Golden Ball winner … Captured the 2013 US Youth Soccer Regional Championship.
Personal: Born Marykate Francis McGuire on March 4, 2000 in Providence, R.I. … Daughter of Matt McGuire and Karen Amber… Has two brothers, Ben and Timmy, and a sister, Mollyana … Her mother ran track and field at Rhode Island from 1989-92 … Her father played baseball at Rhode Island from 1989-93 and has been a high school baseball coach in Rhode Island since 1993.