Since the age of 5, West Ashley High School senior Mary Shirley has loved to play soccer. Although she was too little to remember how she got started playing the game, it quickly became a passion of hers. It remains a driving force in her life next to family and academics. Even with her busy schedule, which includes multiple AP and Honors courses, and Club Soccer, she still has time to fit playing on the WAHS varsity girls’ soccer team into her schedule.
“Mary is a four year varsity letterman. When Mary came aboard our team in 2012 as a Freshman she made an immediate impact on our program. Gifted with rare size and speed, she is a fun player to watch,” says WAHS girls’ head soccer coach Drew McNeely.
This season alone, Shirley has had six goals and six assists which equal a total of 18 points. In the last four years she has a total of 18 goals and 28 assists for a total of 64 points. This places her 13 overall out of 125 former Wildcats. Her assist ratio places her third overall at WAHS.
“I have high expectations for myself,” says Shirley, “because I know that with enough hard work I can get to where I want to be.”
Shirley is not only very involved in Soccer at the high school, but she is also very involved in extracurricular activities such as Interact Club, Drama, Yearbook, and Young Life. As a senior, she’s recently been accepted to East Carolina University, University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, and Clemson University and also received the Palmetto Scholarship award. She plans to attend Clemson to study Nursing..

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