In many sports, there are unsung heroes. Most of the time, it is the defense.
Mattison Morgan, a Litchfield graduate and St. Louis College of Pharmacy soccer player, loved being a defensive soccer player for a number of reasons and the chief reason might shock you.
“I loved the strategy and figuring out how to solve a problem on the field,” said Morgan. “I enjoyed the mental challenge of that as much or more than the physical challenge on the field. My soccer career has taught me so many lessons in my life that will help me in my healthcare profession. Pharmacists are a member of your healthcare team and I learned so much about the team on the field. I learned how to fight through adversity during my time on the Eutectics soccer team. We did not have the best record as we were a young program, being in existence for only three years when I entered the school. I learned how important it is to push through the hard times in order to get to the other side.”
Morgan exploded onto the scene as a freshman and would play in all 16 games. She would make 13 starts.
Starting was a common theme for the former Purple Panther. In her career, she would play in 57 games, missing only two games and making 48 starts.
She made 13 shots on goal. The defensive player finished her career with two goals, one of which was a game winner, and four points.
In addition to her offensive numbers, she helped the goalkeepers make 514 saves in 5,159 minutes, 53 seconds of play. In that same amount of time, a total of 276 goals were scored against STLCOP.
In her senior season, she played in 11 games and made eight starts. The Eutectics goalkeepers made 111 saves in 1,161:07 of play. They allowed 38 goals.
“I will miss my teammates most of all,” said Morgan. “We have been through so much together, between surviving pharmacy school and our soccer seasons. I enjoyed traveling with them and developing strong friendships. I think my junior year of soccer was my best year. We played well against some good teams. My senior season, I did not feel the competition was as strong.”
The daughter of DJ and Robin Morgan of Litchfield has already secured her bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis in health humanities. She is slated to graduate with her doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences in May 2023.
Upon graduation, she will continue her education either as a resident in a specialized area of pharmacy practice or will enter graduate school to get her master’s degree in public health.
She was named to the American Midwest Conference Academic All-Conference Squad for the last three years.
“I really enjoyed getting to help grow the program each year,” said Morgan. “Seeing the increasing interest and success of our team has been rewarding. Every year, it seemed like we were coming back ready to take on the next set of challenges and taking the small victories wherever we could get them. In healthcare, those little victories can make a huge difference in someone’s quality of life or their overall well being. I learned how important it is to push them through the hard times in order to get to the other side. When I first arrived at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, it was tough to adjust to the new styles of play. I had grown up with a specific style of play and was expected to change that within a few short weeks of preseason to meet the demands of a new coaching staff. It was a pretty big transition for me.”