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The OSC Interview: North Carolina Courage Defender Morgan Reid

by Fran Stuchbury
April 3, 2018 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - North Carolina Courage

OurSports Central contributor Fran Stuchbury spoke with North Carolina Courage defender Morgan Reid after the team's 1-0 victory over Sky Blue FC on Saturday. Reid was taken by the Courage in the fourth round, 38th overall, of the 2018 NWSL Draft. No stranger to the area, Reid is a local player from Cary, North Carolina and played soccer at Cardinals Gibbons High School in Raleigh. In 2012, she played with the U-17 United States World Cup Team. She went on to Duke University in 2014 and was a starter immediately. Also, in 2014 she trained with the U-20 Women's National Team.

Fran Stuchbury: How did you feel after you were drafted by the North Carolina Courage in the fourth round of the NWSL Draft?

Morgan Reid: I was really excited; this is a place that I wanted to be. I am local even beyond Duke. I was raised in Cary so being here is a dream come true.

FS: At Duke you were a four-year starter. Your last semester you were taking five courses and were still able to play at Duke. How challenging was that?

MR: It was challenging, but I wanted to set myself up so I was able to play here and be in school as well.

FS: Your major at Duke University was Evolutionary Anthropology. How challenging was that?

MR: I am pre-med, it was a pretty heavy load, but I kind of prioritized it so I didn't overload during the season, so I can be here and at the practices with the team.

FS: Duke had a program record six players taken in the NWSL Draft including you and five others: Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC), Schuyler DeBree (Washington Spirit), Ashton Miller (Boston Breakers, now on Chicago Red Stars) and EJ (Emma Jane) Proctor (Utah Royals FC).

MR: Our senior class was especially a unique group. We had a lot of girls that if they are not drafted they are going play overseas. Every girl that was a senior really played a ton and had a big role. It will be a whole new team for Duke next season. It's exciting to see girls on the other teams like Christina Gibbons who played at Duke from 2013 till 2016 and is now on Sky Blue FC. Imani Dorsey got drafted to Sky Blue FC as well, so it was great see some of my other teammates out here, too!

FS: How nice is it to have over 205,000 followers on Instagram?

MR: It's exciting; it's great to give some more attention to soccer and especially here in Cary to have more follow the sport.

FS: Which women's soccer players did you look up to when you were growing up?

MR: Mia Hamm was my idol. She was a forward and I was a defender, but kind of the big names like that. I'm excited to play and have people be inspired by me.

FS: Many people may not be aware there was a women's team, the Carolina Courage, that played in the Women's United Soccer Association from 2001 to 2003. Did you follow them as well?

MR: I did! Carla Overbeck played for the Courage in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. She was an assistant coach at Duke so that was really cool for me to be able to play underneath her and watch her as a little kid.

FS: What does your future hold with the North Carolina Courage?

MR: I am going give it my best here and see how it works... kind of invest everything in soccer right now, then eventually do pre-med.

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