It is not always easy to pick out Samantha Mewis in the heart of midfield.
Moving the ball deftly or winning a challenge does not always capture the imagination, even if those traits illustrate why she features so prominently for club and country. The Hanson, Mass., native mostly draws her plaudits from coaches and keen observers, not the folks who cut highlights or focus on more flashy pursuits.
Every so often, Mewis steps into the spotlight through her own excellence on the field. She produced a moment of brilliance to highlight her contributions and underscore her importance to the proceedings.
In the denouement to perhaps the best season from an American women’s club soccer team, Mewis provided one such occasion for the North Carolina Courage at an important juncture.