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In the News: Shannon Boxx
Shannon Boxx made the news in Scholastic News Edition 3, September 5, 2005.

Shannon Boxx
Shannon Boxx in the second of a women's international friendly soccer game in California in March 2005.
(Photo: Scott Bales/Icon SMI/NewsCom)
Playing in the shadows of soccer superstars Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly is no easy assignment. But Shannon Boxx was more than happy to take on the challenge.

"You might not be the star that gets all the notice, but if you work hard, someone is eventually going to notice it," says the 28-year-old midfielder.

That someone was the former women's national team coach April Heinrichs. In 2003, after an MVP season with the WUSA's New York Power, Boxx was preparing to attend graduate school when the phone rang. Her physical play had caught Heinrich's attention, and the coach offered her a spot on the team.

Today, Boxx is one the game's top defensive midfielders as well as a potent scoring threat from both the ground and the air. In late July, she helped the women's national team improve its record to 7-0-0 with a late-game goal against Iceland in an impressive 3-0 win.

As a freshman at Notre Dame, Boxx helped the school win its first-ever NCAA women's soccer championship. After graduation, she continued her successful soccer career overseas, playing for Germany's Saarbrucken.

In 2001, Boxx came home to face the world's toughest competition. She was drafted by the WUSA's San Diego Spirit and finished her rookie season with three goals and five assists. After a disappointing outing in year two, her stellar performance in 2003 earned her a spot on the All-WUSA First Team.

Last year, Boxx found herself in Europe once again—this time as a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team. It was a triumphant return, as she and her teammates won the gold medal at the Athens Games.

While Olympic gold was a career first for Boxx, it wasn't a first for the Boxx family. Sister Gillian took home gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games as a member of the U.S. women's Olympic Softball Team.

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