Another dominant season for Segan
In every sport, a select number of players rise to the level as dominant playmakers on his or her team.
Sarah Segan, a junior at Northwestern Lehigh High School, has certainly reached that status on the Tigers girls' soccer team. She is a dynamic goal-scorer, has the ability to find her teammates, and was often the best player on the field.
Segan put together another dominant season on the field as a junior, tallying 36 goals and 12 assists for a Tigers team that captured Colonial League and District 11 2A championships in 2013.
For her accomplishments, Segan has been recognized as the Times News Player of the Year in girls soccer.
"I feels good," Segan said of the award. "I feel like you're able to go through a season and work hard, and it pays off at the end."
"We gelled really well together this year. We worked really well together on and off the field. I'm really close friends with everyone on the team. The fact that we are all close friends, it was easy to play on the field together too."
While the numbers are staggering, it's not as if the junior suddenly rose out of the woodwork during the recent fall season. She's been making plays for the Tigers ever since she stepped between the white lines as a freshman.
She got her opportunity right away. After recording 34 goals and 11 assists as a freshman-which were just off her stats as a junior-she added 31 more goals and nine assists as a sophomore.
While Segan is credited with much of the success statistically, she gives just as much credit to her teammates for getting her the ball.
"Throughout the season, we worked on give-and-gos and all that stuff," Segan said. "We've just been able to connect that final pass for me to finish it off. I'm not going to lie, it takes me a lot of time at practice finishing those shots."
Gifted with a unique mix of speed, acceleration and strength, Segan has the ability to overmatch her opponents physically. She's also capable of using her legs to spring past them at any given moment.
Although it's clear that Segan is a natural forward, she wasn't always playing in that position. Before her high school years, she was slotted in the outside midfielder position on a U-9 team. She then made the switch to defense when she was roughly nine or 10 years old.
It wasn't until her club team coach of FC Revolutions, where Segan plays year-round, transitioned her to forward around the age of 11 or 12. Eric Puls saw an immediate fit.
Segan is a player that is constantly looking for ways to better her game. She takes advice from everyone, including Northwestern head coach Kelly Bleam and Puls, who have helped her learn the position.
"They've all helped me a lot with learning the position of forward," Segan said. "I've just been taking what I hear from them, and putting it on the field.
"I just try to listen to all the input that I hear, whether it be coaches, teammates or parents."
Her career certainly took off from that point on, and the rest is history. Well, Segan figures to leave her mark on the Tigers' record books once her career is completed.
Segan ended last season with 101 career goals and 32 career assists. Despite a full season remaining, she is just three goals shy of tying the school record for most career goals scored. Nearly ten years ago, Alison Hayden, a 2003 graduate of Northwestern, tallied 104 goals for her career.
However, she realizes statistics aren't the complete story. In fact, she wasn't aware of where she was on the list until after the season.
"I try not to let it control everything," Segan said. "I just try to go out and play, and whatever happens, happens. I didn't even know after the season how many goals I had to be honest. When I knew I was really that close, it was exciting."
The main question now is: What else is left for Segan to accomplish?
It looks quite evident that Segan will cement herself as the school's most dominant goal-scorer next season. She was selected as a league All Star in every season, including two First-Team selections.
She helped the Tigers to three league tournament appearances (one title), three district appearances (one championship), and a 38-0-1 mark in regular season conference games.
But one thing is still missing from the list of accolades.
"I kind of want to accomplish states," Segan said. "That may be a little reach, but we won districts and we were close to states [this season]. So maybe next year we can do it."
While the soccer season has come to an end, Segan will have continue to have her hands full in the upcoming sports seasons.
In addition to playing club soccer year-round, Segan stays in shape by playing basketball for the Tigers in the winter season. She's averaged nine points, four rebounds and 2.5 steals per game in her first two seasons. As club soccer will pick up in the spring season, she will also participate in track and field for Northwestern in the spring.