Nina Mathelus (Braintree, Mass.) has never been one to get overwhelmed on the soccer field.
Just an eighth grader, the 14-year-old Mathelus was the leading scorer for the Thayer Academy girls soccer team in the 2022 season with six goals and three assists. Her 15 points ranked in the top 12 in the mighty Independent School League.
She has also been playing up an age group at the club level for Scorpions SC since 2018, when she was just 11 years old and playing up on the 2007 U-13 ECNL National team.
Last weekend, her ability to shine amongst top-notch competition was tested yet again.