High School Sports

2014 high school girls soccer preview: Chambers goes from upstart to veteran for Wilson

The term “5-foot-nothing” does not apply to Megan Chambers.

On the eve of her freshman season at Wilson, Chambers’ coaches were worried about putting her on varsity. Not because she lacked ability, but because of her size. They didn’t think she was strong enough to go against senior defenders.

All but once assistant coach, that is, who simply said, ‘Give her a shot.’

She’s started every single game for the Rams since.

In the truest of sports philosophies, size doesn’t dictate ability. It’d be foolish to think otherwise when it comes to Chambers.

“Size doesn’t really make a big difference,” Chambers said. “I think that if you really want to do good, you’ll do good.”

The five-foot senior soccer star of Wilson High School has made the 3A All-Narrows team three seasons in a row, including second- and first-team her sophomore and junior years. She’s the heart of the Rams’ attack this year, playing a withdrawn forward and attacking midfielder role, as well as their leader — she was unanimously named a captain by her teammates, along with fellow senior Addison Matthews.

First-year head coach Brian Lawson, who also coaches the boys soccer team at Peninsula High School, didn’t know much at all about the Rams coming into the season. But he could tell right away that Chambers stood out.

“It was immediately noticeable, her quality, and also the confidence the other girls have in her,” Lawson said. “She’s a senior captain for us this year and rightfully so; she’s a leader both vocally and by example. I was pleasantly surprised at her quality. She’s consistent and brings it every day.”

Chambers has been playing soccer since she was 3 years old, and has played for select teams like Nortac Soccer Club. She’s committed to playing for Tacoma Community College after she graduates.

She can be a completely different person when she’s not playing soccer, however. Matthews, who has been friends with Chambers since their freshman year, says she’s a goofball and full of energy off the field.

Matthews might also be the best at reading Chambers’ seemingly even-keeled emotions on the field throughout the season. The only game she ever lets her feelings show is the final game of every season.

After her freshman season, there was a buzz surrounding Chambers. Her older sister — who was a senior at Wilson at the time — told her that freshmen don’t make varsity, let alone start and make all-league.

But Chambers didn’t pay any attention to it — though she did think it was fun proving everyone wrong.

All she did was play. The rest took care of itself.

“I think I just grew as a player more,” Chambers said. “I got more physical. I scored more. I became more of a leader.”