Every good team has dependable players on the back end, and the Sandwich High School girls’ soccer team has had a very good one for the last few years in Meg Lizotte. The fullback has helped the Sandwich girls to some strong seasons. Coach Dave DeConto will have some big shoes to fill next year when he puts together a new defense.
Lizotte is the youngest of Rick and Irene Lizotte’s three daughters. An excellent student, she said computer science has been her favorite subject in school. A necklace gifted to her from her grandmother is her most-prized possession.
Over the years the honor roll student has earned several soccer awards. She was the rookie of the year as a freshman and defender of the year as a sophomore. She said her go-to meal is chicken Parmesan, and that “New Girl” is her favorite TV show.
How did you get involved with soccer? How much do you enjoy it?
I first started soccer at the YMCA when I was around 4. I enjoy it so much I take any opportunity to play.
Describe your feelings when you found out that you were going to get to play a senior season this year after the spring sports were canceled.
I was very surprised I was going to get a senior season. I had been hopeful that we would be able to play some games but I didn’t expect it to be as much fun as it was.
Soccer underwent some drastic rule changes this year. How did they change the game for you?
As a defender I felt like I had to change the entire way I play because I am used to being very physical on the field. I was worried at first that I wasn’t going to play well, and that the game wouldn’t be fun, but I was surprisingly wrong. The game didn’t feel too different and I was just happy to be getting the chance to play at all.
Your season came to an end in the Cape and Islands League tournament last week. How pleased are you with how the season played out? Do you feel like you played up to your potential?
I think we did pretty well this season. I don’t think this season had as many challenges compared to last year but it was still a very competitive league. Although it was sad to lose that first tournament game it was nice having my last game at home.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think a scouting report would say I am very hardworking and passionate about the sports I play. I am also very coachable and outgoing, which makes me a good leader to the team.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
I would like to replay the away game against Marshfield my sophomore year. They were a team I grew up playing against a lot and it was always a tough team. We had lost by a lot that year when we played them at home but that away game was very close and I would have liked to actually beat them.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
I think a highlight of my athletic career was scoring against Monomoy last year. I was proud of myself because I was not playing in my main position, and as a defender I don’t usually score. It was also the winning goal.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate I have ever played with was Paige Sherry from my club team. I always think the relationship between two center defenders is important for the defense and we worked very well together. We knew how each other played and were able to support each other a lot.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
My superstitions change each year depending on how the first game goes. If we play well, then whatever I did before that game I will do for the rest of the season. One thing that stays consistent however is how I tie my cleats. I tie them in a way that supposedly supports ankles but I don’t know if it actually does that; I just have tied them that way ever since a coach told me. I also need one of my parents to say “Have fun, play hard, don’t get hurt, don’t hurt anyone else,” before a game because I grew up hearing them say that to my sisters and me.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing that I have learned from sports is to not focus too much on little mistakes and just continue to work your hardest.
You’re a member of the National Honor Society at SHS. What does that mean to you, and how has it been affected by everything going on in the world?
I am grateful to be in the National Honor Society at SHS because I earned it with my leadership skills and passion for community service. Volunteering has been harder to find with COVID, but my fellow members and I have come up with great ideas and it has made me think more creatively about how I can still help.
Was there anything that you accomplished or worked on improving during quarantine that you’re proud of?
Quarantine gave me more time to work on my organization skills which has made me feel better about making it through this weird new school year.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents who have supported me so much with everything I do; my sisters Allie and Jess who inspired me to work so hard in soccer and are always there to help me out in life. I also want to thank my friends on and off the field who have made my high school experience so much fun.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
The most interesting place I have visited was London, because it was my first time out of the country and it felt like a whole new world. I would love to go to Italy someday, because I think it is beautiful there and I especially want to visit Venice.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
As a freshman I was always really nervous to step onto the field because I wanted to prove that I was good enough. Senior year was much more relaxing and I was only focused on playing to my expectations and potential. The advice I would give my freshman year self is to not take it too hard when I mess up.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I surprised myself about this, but I took a pottery class in school and actually ended up liking it a lot so I may continue to do that sometimes.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
I would switch places with one of my sisters, just because we are so different so it would be interesting to have their lives.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
The perfect day would be hanging out with my friends on a sunny, cool, fall day, and going off to do some adventure with lots of people.
What are your post-high school plans?
I plan to attend a four-year college and major in marketing.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
I see myself having a good job, living somewhere near a city. I may not be continuing it in 10 years, but I hope to come back and play for Coach Simkins in the Women’s Soccer Summer League with my sister for as long as possible.