Hanson’s hometown hero, Sam Mewis, has called it a career.
The 31-year-old Mewis announced she has retired from soccer due to a repetitive knee injury.
“With both sadness and clarity, I am retiring from professional soccer,” Mewis posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Unfortunately, my knee can no longer tolerate the impact that elite soccer requires. Though this isn’t what I wanted, it’s clear that this is the only path forward for me.”
Mewis became the talk of the town during summer of 2019, when she helped lift the United States Women’s team to a World Cup title. She played in six of seven matches and had two goals.
In 2020, Mewis was voted the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.
Then in 2021, the midfielder, along with her sister, Kristie, was a member of bronze medal winning team US at the Tokyo Olympics. She netted a hat trick in a 4-0 friendly victory over Colombia.
Mewis graduated from Whitman-Hanson Regional High in 2010.
While Mewis has called it a career, Hanson’s next soccer star has arrived in the big stage.
Her name is Ally Sentnor.
Sentnor, who graduated from Thayer Academy in 2021 before heading off to play at the University of North Carolina, was selected first overall by the Utah Royals in the 2024 National Women’s Soccer League Draft.
— Nathan Rollins