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Not One But Two US Women's Soccer Players Hail From Small Bay Area High School

Margie Shafer
June 11, 2019 - 2:59 pm

ATHERTON - The Women's World Cup is underway in France, and two players on the USA national team have their roots at the same high school in the Bay Area.

Abbey Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson both graduated from Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton.

“To have two women on this national team coming from the same high school is statistically almost impossible,” says Jake Moffat, a teacher at Sacred Heart for over 20 years and former varsity women’s soccer coach.

Moffat knows Davidson and coached Dahlkemper, who he says was unlike any other athlete he’s seen. “You have all these pictures from high school – most girls look a little awkward on the ball, are sort of scrunched, intense. Abbey looks like a Greek statue in every photo.”

Their success should serve as an inspiration to any ambitious youngster, says Moffat. “To see somebody set out with those dreams and achieve them is sort of awe inspiring and great to show a kid,” including his daughter, who he is taking to France so they can watch the team’s next game in person. “You want to be there? You go out in your front yard and work and work and work.”

Dahlkemper graduated in 2011 and Davidson in 2016 so they did not play together at Sacred Heart but are now playing the same position on the national team: center back.

The US national team beat Thailand in their first game of the tournament Tuesday with a record-breaking score of 13-0.