“I want to play up top,” Julianna Bonner would beg her coach. “I want to play up top.”
Wilde Lake girls soccer coach Megan Shea listened to this proposition all throughout summer league in 2016. Bonner is a longtime left wing on her club team, Maryland United, and yearned to showcase her attacking skills at the high school level.
But Shea felt she couldn’t afford to move Bonner from the team’s back line. Bonner played left full back as a freshman the previous season, and with a lot of strong senior defenders leaving, would be responsible for holding the unit together. So, as Bonner repeatedly expressed her desire to play forward, Shea stood her ground.
“You are the...