Gillespie caps off career as District MVP

Senior midfielder scored 22 goals, recorded 13 assists in stellar senior season


Gillespie had a stellar season capping a sensational career. She joined the 40-40 club and earned district most valuable player honors. Photo by Bella Russo.

Lindsey Plotkin, Mac Photojournalism

Senior captain Izzy Gillespie capped off her distinguished McCallum career by winning All-District MVP honors. During her dominating senior season, Gillespie scored 22 goals and recorded 13 assists. Gillespie also passed the 40/40 career mark for goals and assists during the first round of district play.

The Shield: How long have you been playing soccer?

IG: 10 years

TS: Do you play for a club team outside of school?

Gillespie pushes the ball upfield during the Knights victory over Reagan on Feb. 16. Photo by Bella Russo.

IG: Yes, I have played for Rangers since the middle of sixth grade.

TS: What is your favorite memory from club soccer?

IG: My sophomore year, we were undefeated, had no goals scored on us and we were first place in state.

TS: Is there any meaning behind your jersey number?

IG: No, it’s just the number I chose when I started playing NASA when I was about 8, and it’s my lucky number.

TS: What position do you play?

IG: Center mid or outside mid

TS: Are you going to play soccer in college?

IG: Yes,  I haven’t picked where I am going to go yet, but if I go to a D3 school, I will play for the team, like I have talked to the coaches and stuff, I’m either going to get a walk-on spot at another school I have talked to, or I might get a spot on the roster. If I go to a bigger school, I will play club.

TS: Do you have and idea of where you would like to go to college?

IG: I’m choosing between Puget Sound in Washington and Rhodes in Memphis and then maybe St. Mary’s in California.

TS: Before winning MVP, did you win any other all-district awards?

IG: My freshman year, I got newcomer of the year.

TS: How did you react when you found out that you were named the all-district MVP?

IG: I was really surprised, I thought an Austin High girl was going to get it, and I was really happy.