Morgan Goldstein has battled through numerous injuries on the soccer field since seventh grade and was sidelined for her senior season at John Glenn High School in Elwood.
Despite not taking the field in her last season of high school, Goldstein’s spirit has remained high and she was rewarded Friday night with the title of 2015 homecoming queen.
The crowning was a boost to Goldstein, who has remained involved during Glenn’s 2015 season as a team manager and has enjoyed the Knights’ magical run to the Suffolk County Class A finals.
“It is great to know that for the rest of my life I can say I was homecoming queen,” said Goldstein, who will be rooting on the Knights when they face Islip in the Suffolk County Class A title game at Dowling College at 4 p.m. Wednesday. “I was pleasantly surprised, and it was definitely an honor.”
After incurring multiple broken bones during the last five years including to her wrist, shoulder, arm and ankle, Goldstein opted to not risk further damage and made the difficult decision to put away the shin guards.
The 2015 season has turned into a memorable one with the Knights set to appear in the Class A finals and aiming for program’s first county title since 1995 after a 1-0 semifinal victory against Shoreham-Wading River.
Goldstein has helped organize head coach Shannon Colligan’s stat book during the historic campaign.
“She still wanted to be a part of soccer, but she just didn’t want to break any more bones,” said Colligan. “She is a hard worker and a great kid.”
Off the soccer field Goldstein has been active in Glenn’s student council and will be helping to organize the school’s senior prom to be held at Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead. She has also found fulfillment serving in the school’s Habitat for Humanity club, which has helped restore houses in Wyandanch and Mastic Beach.
“She is a very rounded young lady,” said Colligan, a former standout Glenn girls soccer player who coached Goldstein on the varsity and junior varsity level. “She asked me for [college] recommendations, and I am glad to do so because she is such a great kid.”