Mehr's in the Middle of Rosary's Attack Junior's Upbeat Attitude Just as Important as On-Field Talent
Mellema, Darryl, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Darryl Mellema Daily Herald Correspondent
When Rosary's soccer fortunes take flight, you can bet that Liz Mehr is one of the wings.
And such is the versatility of the Royals junior that she can be seen on either the left or the right wing, depending on game situations and Rosary's needs. She is even sometimes moved to a central midfield role.
But wherever she is, she always looks comfortable, unperturbed and in control.
"I'm comfortable with it because I've been playing so long," Mehr said. "This is the only sport that I've really played. I've always been into soccer. It's a part of my life and a part of who I am. I do it all year long and it's almost part of my identity."
Mehr said she has played soccer more or less since she was 5. Through the levels at which she has competed and on the various teams she has played, one thing has remained constant: soccer remains a game and Mehr treats it that way.
"It's refreshing," Rosary coach Kevin Callaghan said. "There's a lot of excellent players who take the game like it's a job. Liz is a good student-athlete and she realizes there are other things she has to take care of."
One of those things is fun. Callaghan mentioned that Mehr takes the game very seriously. But she keeps the underlying meaning of the word "game" in mind.
"It's not a task for her," Callaghan said. "She's enjoying her high school experience along with playing the game. She enjoys being a part of this team and she understands that this is a part of the high school experience too. That's something she'll carry with her the rest of her life."
For her part, Mehr said there are times when she loses track of time on the soccer field - and those are some of the best times she has when playing.
"It's fun when you're 100 percent focused," she said. "Time isn't an issue when all you're thinking about is how much you want to win. When you're in that mode, you have the ability to play your best."
Wingers need to have speed, and Mehr is capable in that category. But she is not just a player who flies with no purpose. She has considerable experience as a forward and the ball skills she learned in that role help as a midfielder.
"You give her a little bit of space and she's gone," Callaghan said. "She's ready to take off at a moment's notice. She's one of the best midfielders on the outside I've seen."
Mehr gave an example of her skills in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Kaneland. Rosary's second goal featured buildup on the right wing, including Mehr, and ended when Gaby DelToro received the ball in space heading into the penalty area. DelToro scored, but the key was how the goal was created.
"It was give-and-go all the way up the field," Callaghan said. "And here's (Mehr) coming up the field. It was one of those goals where (Mehr) wasn't the goal-scorer but she was unselfish and that helped the team."
Mehr's own attitude toward goal scoring reflects that unselfish attitude. …