Kelly Medeiros of Dartmouth is the 2020-21 Women’s Football Player of the Year
DARTMOUTH – Whenever someone needed a helping hand, they could count on Kelly Medeiros of Dartmouth High.
Whether on the basketball court with the players of the school’s unified basketball team or ending his high school football career with 71 assists in midfield, Medeiros was the epitome of ‘Helpful’ .
Her selflessness and skills on the soccer field, the best player of the best team in the region, earned her the award of the female soccer player of the year 2020-2021.
The pandemic paved the way for Medeiros to be part of the unified basketball program, forcing his shift from a fall sport to a fall sport 2, playing from February to April.
“I was only doing part of it in my senior year,” she explained. “I used to play a fall sport (soccer) when they played unified basketball. One of my older brothers (Eric, 21) was very involved as an assistant in the program and he loved being with the children and they liked him.
“When I got the chance to participate, I thought it would be really cool. I was paired with one of the students for practices and games and passed the ball to them and they shot it.
Her Dartmouth soccer coach, Scot Boudria, watched her progress to becoming a full player in her senior season.
“She was one of the strongest players you’ll see,” Boudria said. “She could kick with either foot and score from 30 yards. She had above average speed, but she was ready to let the others score.
“She’s strong and she knows the game. She’s very, very selfless, extremely selfless. She doesn’t care about the statistics. She wants her team to win and is extremely competitive on the pitch. She’s playing hard.
One of the highlights of his career is his junior year, followed by a disappointment.
“We’re playing against the State’s No.1 team, Foxboro, and they’ve been phenomenal,” Boudria recalls. “Kelly stole a pass from our end of the field, took it up the field and gave a perfect pass to Kyleigh Wheaton. Kyleigh scores and we beat them 1-0.
“We went to the semi-finals, Kelly got injured and we lost 2-1 in overtime.”
ALL ABOUT KELLY MEDEIROS
WHY SHE WAS SELECTED: “Kelly is probably one of the top two players to have played here in the 28 years that I’ve been on this program,” said Dartmouth coach Scot Boudria. “It was her and Kathryn Hiller, who played at Providence College. Obviously, getting a Division I scholarship (at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut) lets everyone know that she is a very, very talented player.
KEY STATISTICS: Medeiros scored 21 goals his senior season to end his three years in college with 44 goals. She added 71 career assists from her midfield position.
MOMENT MVP: Boudria felt that she was “consistently good in every game” which made it difficult to pick a moment. Medeiros identified his highlight as victory over Bridgewater-Raynham who took the league title. “Beating BR in our last game was a really good team win,” she said. “We were always tied or losing against them. We didn’t beat them until this last game.
BISHOP STANG COACH BOBBY SHIELDS: “Kelly was excellent with the ball and can move the ball around the field very well. She gives Dartmouth a dynamic midfielder, who distributes the ball well, and we had to take into account her playing ability in midfield.
REMARKS: Kelly and her twin sister, Kristen, are both heading towards careers in nursing, following in their mother’s footsteps, who is a nurse at Hawthorne Medical. … Kristen is going to Northeastern and the 18 year old twins have three older brothers: Mark, 26, John, 24, and Eric, 21. … In addition to soccer, Kelly played lacrosse in the spring.