While Siobhan McDonough starred on the soccer pitch for Governor’s Academy, she would often travel to Newton with her high school teammates to cheer on Boston College as the Eagles women soccer team easily dispensed of their opponents.
The Andover native was awed by the talent in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Coast Conference, which sent nine teams to the NCAA championship tournament last season, including North Carolina, who won its 21st national title.
What was once a dream is now a reality for McDonough, who is gearing up for her freshman campaign at the University of Pittsburgh, which split from the Big East conference and will officially join the ACC July 1. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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