Sam Mewis

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Sam Mewis
Sam Mewis United States v Canada (31917117192) (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Samantha June Mewis
Date of birth (1992-10-09) October 9, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Weymouth, Massachusetts,[1] United States
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
North Carolina Courage
Number 5
Youth career
2005–2010 Scorpions SC
2007–2010 Whitman Hanson Regional
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 UCLA Bruins 87 (31)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Pali Blues 10 (1)
2014 Boston Breakers Academy 6 (4)
2015–2016 Western New York Flash 34 (9)
2017– North Carolina Courage 37 (9)
National team
2008 United States U-17 13 (8)
2010–2012 United States U-20 33 (8)
2013–2015 United States U-23 3 (1)
2014– United States 51 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 7, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 11, 2019

Samantha Mewis (born October 9, 1992) is an American soccer player. She plays as a midfielder for the North Carolina Courage and the United States national team.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts to Robert and Melissa Mewis,[1] Samantha grew up in Hanson, Massachusetts where she attended Whitman-Hanson Regional High School and played on the soccer team, tallying 77 goals and 34 assists during her time there.[3] She grew up with her older sister Kristie, playing soccer for numerous youth teams, including club team, Scorpions SC, as well as the under-17 and under-20 United States national teams.[4][5][6] Mewis earned Parade All-American honors twice during her high school years and was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national player of the year in 2010.[7] In 2011, she was named Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second time after receiving the accolade previously for 2009–10.[8][9] The same year, she was named ESPN RISE All-American after scoring 30 goals and serving 8 assists during her senior year.[10]

Mewis (top) celebrating the 2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup win with Vanessa DiBernardo, Molly Pathman and Kelly Cobb

UCLA Bruins[edit]

In her first year, Mewis was second on the team in scoring with six goals and seven assists, only bested by current United States women's national soccer team member Sydney Leroux and was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. Due to national team commitments, Sam missed the first six games of her second season, but finished the year with three goals and three assists in 16 games.[1] In her junior year, Mewis helped UCLA win the Pac-12 championship on the way to its first NCAA Championship.[11] In December 2014, she was named the winner of the 2015 Honda Award for soccer by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA).[12]

Club career[edit]

Pali Blues[edit]

In 2013, Mewis signed with the Pali Blues in the W-League.[13] The team won the western conference title[14] as well as the national championship in July 2013.[15]

Western New York Flash, 2015–2016[edit]

Mewis was selected fourth overall by the Western New York Flash in the 2015 National Women's Soccer League entry draft.[16] She started all 20 regular-season games for the Flash, scoring 4 goals and providing 4 assists to share the top of the team scoring leaderboard with Lynn Williams.[17] On September 9, 2015, the NWSL announced that Mewis was selected as a finalist for the NWSL Rookie of the Year Award for the 2015 season, along with Sofia Huerta and the eventual winner, Danielle Colaprico.[18][19]

In the 2016 season, Mewis missed several games as she was away training with the U.S WNT in preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The Western New York Flash finished fourth in the standings and qualified for the play-offs. In the semi-final, Mewis scored a goal in the 16th minute helping the Western New York Flash to upset the Shield winning Portland Thorns. In the NWSL Championship game Mewis once again scored a goal. The Championship game went to penalties, Mewis missed her penalty but the flash went on to win the Championship, winning the penalty shootout 3–2.[20]

North Carolina Courage, 2017–present[edit]

It was announced on January 9, 2017, that the Western New York Flash was officially sold to new ownership, moved to North Carolina,[21] and rebranded as the North Carolina Courage. Mewis had a very successful 2017 season, as she appeared in every game for the Courage, tallying 6 goals and 3 assists. She was named to the NWSL Best XI and was a finalist for the NWSL Most Valuable Player Award.[22]

Mewis missed the beginning of the 2018 season as she was recovering from a knee injury. She appeared in 17 regular season games, as the Courage won their second consecutive NWSL Shield. In the play-offs, Mewis was in the starting line-up for the semi-final match against the Chicago Red Stars and scored a goal in the 86th minute. North Carolina won 2–0 and advanced to their second straight championship game. She played all 90 minutes in the NWSL Championship game as the Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 3–0. Mewis has now won two NWSL Championships.[23]

International career[edit]

Mewis with the United States women's national soccer team in June 2016

Mewis was a member of the United States under-17 team that was runner-up at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand. As her sister Kristie was also a member of the team, they were the first sisters to represent the United States at a Women's World Cup. They also played together at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[24] At the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Mewis helped the team win the championship after defeating Germany 1–0 in the final.[25]

On January 24, 2014, Mewis was named for the first time to the senior national team roster for friendlies against Canada and Russia.[26][27] She made her debut for the team at the 2014 Algarve Cup during the team's second match of the tournament, a 1–0 loss to Sweden.[28]

After a spell out of the team, Mewis was invited back to the senior team following their success at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. She continued to get regular playing time, scoring four goals in 2016 including the winning goal against Germany in the 2016 She Believes Cup that won the United States the trophy. Mewis was named as an alternate for the U.S. WNT for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[29]

In 2017 Mewis was one of three players to appear in every game for the U.S. WNT., she played 1,242 minutes which was second highest on the team. She scored three goals and was a finalist for 2017 U.S Female Player of the Year.[30]

Mewis suffered a knee injury in a November 2017 game against Canada, which would sideline her for the beginning of 2018, forcing her to miss the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. Mewis returned to the field for the U.S in June 2018 in a friendly against China.[31] In September 2018 she was named to the final 20 player roster of the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship.[32]

In May 2019, Mewis was named to the final 23-player roster for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Play-offs
League Apps Goals Apps Goals
Western New York Flash 2015 NWSL 20 4 0 0
2016 14 5 2 2
North Carolina Courage 2017 24 6 2 0
2018 17 3 2 1
Career totals 75 18 6 3

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Location Opponent Cap Lineup Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1
2016-02-15[m 1] Frisco  Puerto Rico 6 Start 90+1 Crystal Dunn

6050.10005 10–0

6050.10005 10–0

Olympic qualifier: Group A
2
2016-03-09[m 2] Boca Raton  Germany 8 61.

off 61' (on Horan)

41 unassisted

5150.02005 2–1

5150.02005 2–1

SheBelieves Cup
3 2016-10-19[m 3] Sandy   Switzerland 15 75.

on 76' (off Sullivan)

76 Christen Press

5250.02005 4–0

5950.09005 4–0

Friendly
4 2016-11-13[m 4] Carson  Romania 18 70.

on 71' (off Long)

90+1 Kelley O'Hara

5350.03005 5–0

5650.06005 5–0

Friendly
5 2017-07-31[m 5] San Diego  Brazil 27 86.

off 86' (on Long)

18 Megan Rapinoe

5250.02005 1–1

5950.09005 4–3

2017 Tournament of Nations
6 2017-10-22[m 6] Cary  South Korea 32 46.

off 46' (on Long)

3 Abby Dahlkemper

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 6–0

Friendly
7 20 unassisted

5350.03005 2–0

8 2018-10-07 [m 7] Cary  Panama 39 Start 5 Christen Press

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 5–0

2018 CONCACAF Championship
9 2019-04-07 [m 8] Los Angeles  Belgium 47 73.

off 73' (on Zerboni)

33 Christen Press

5350.03005 4–0

5650.06005 6–0

Friendly
10 2019-05-12[m 9] Santa Clara  South Africa 48 Start 37 Rose Lavelle

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 3–0

Friendly
11 78 Megan Rapinoe

5350.03005 2–0

12 2019-05-16 [m 10] St. Louis  New Zealand 49 s.

on 46' (off Horan)

84 Christen Press

5350.03005 5–0

5650.06005 5–0

Friendly
13 2019-6-11[m 11] Reims  Thailand 51 Start 50 Megan Rapinoe

5350.03005 4–0

5650.06005 13–0

FIFA Women's World Cup
14 54 Rose Lavelle

5350.03005 6–0

Personal life[edit]

Mewis' sister, Kristie, played for the United States women's national soccer team and plays professionally for the Houston Dash.[34] In late December 2018, Mewis married longtime boyfriend Pat Johnson.

Honors[edit]

College[edit]

UCLA

International[edit]

Club[edit]

Western New York Flash

North Carolina Courage

Personal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "UCLA's Mewis gets first call-up". Soccer America. January 24, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "Samantha Mewis steps up on offense at UCLA". The Boston Globe. August 29, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "College soccer's most talented sister act". ESPN. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Mewis sisters offer glimpse into future for US soccer". Boston Globe. August 12, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
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  8. ^ "W-H's Mewis is Gatorade Player of the Year". ESPN. February 10, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
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  10. ^ "McCaffrey, Mewis are ESPN RISE All-Americans". ESPN. January 31, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
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  31. ^ "S. MEWIS". Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  32. ^ "U.S. WNT ROSTER NAMED FOR 2018 CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP". September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  33. ^ https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2019/05/01/23/56/wnt-usa-roster-2019-womens-world-cup-france
  34. ^ "Professional Soccer Sisters Dish: Kristie & Samantha Mewis". May 11, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
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  36. ^ "WNT WINS 2018 SHEBELIEVES CUP WITH 1–0 VICTORY VS. ENGLAND". March 7, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
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