It seems like only yesterday when The XCP Files interviewed Megan Zacher about her role on Xavier Prep’s track and field team, as a middle-distance and relay runner.
But that was
toward the end of the 2017-18 school year, when Zacher was a sophomore, and a
lot has happened since, primarily two life-changing events.
the passing of her mother, Lori, who Megan says “was my biggest fan,’’ in July
of 2018, and the athlete suffered a serious injury (fractured clavicle and a
vertebrae about a third of the way down the spine). All of it left Zacher
exhausted, and led her to regroup, saying goodbye to track and recovering from
the injury to allow her to continue in soccer, another sport in which she
excelled for the Gators.
Now she is
in her senior soccer season as an outside left backer, focusing on defense and
keeping opponents away from the goal.
3-1 and will travel to southern California (Norco) on the day after Christmas
to participate in the annual Excalibur Tournament, which features some of the
top teams in the western U.S. Matches will be held on Dec. 26-27-28.
Zacher is in
her third year on the varsity soccer team, having played on the JV as a
think she would use the same speed she had in track to sprint down the field for
some quick, easy goals, but speed also can be an important ingredient in
She said she
likes where Xavier coach Barb Chura has positioned her on the field.
“I like it a
lot,’’ Zacher said. “I played forward, center-mid, a little when I was younger,
but I think I am better in the back where I am now.
chasing people (opponents) down the sideline to help save a goal, to get the
ball and set up my teammates with passing.’’
played some club soccer, but she was OK to play for Xavier around the time of
the late fall tryouts.
occurred when she was running along the beach, trying to race her older
brother, Matthew. Somehow Matthew bumped her and she went down. Matthew, a
graduate of Brophy Prep, now attends Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Their
mother and father, Keith, also went to Creighton and Megan is considering
attending as well, although it is unlikely she would play soccer, electing to
study on business and marketing.
possible scenario is why soccer is even more important to her, as she strives
with her teammates to reach the top rung in Arizona.
Excalibur Tournament should provide a good measuring stick for the Gators
because of the quality of play, which could help the team when it returns here to
the local scene.
tournament also offers an opportunity for the Xavier players to bond and get to
know each other better, drawing on the support of one another. Improved
communication also helps during key moments in matches.
one of three senior tri-captains, along with Elizabeth Warren and Megan
exciting and sad at the same time,’’ Zacher said. “We’re getting near the point
when you know you’re not going to be playing with them again. That is why we
want to do whatever we can to help this team win.’’