In three years, Megan Classer has made her mark on the Lexington High girls’ soccer program.
As a sophomore last year, Classer delivered the game-winning goal to defeat J.L. Mann and give the Wildcats a state championship. This season under coach Chris Fryland, the College of Charleston-bound junior became the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Classer broke Ginny Wolf’s mark of 92 goals. Wolf is in the school’s hall of fame, playing at Lexington from 2000-02.
Classer was named Class 5A Player of the Year and The State’s Midlands Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
“Coach Fryland told me at the end of my sophomore year how far I was from the scoring record, but it never really hit me until I got close,” Classer said. “It was a very special year, not just for me and my team, but for the community. It was a great season. We had a lot of new people coming in and we tried to set standards for them and show they could do it, too.”
Classer has 100 goals for her career and finished the season with 28 and nine assists for the Wildcats, who lost to Wando in Class 5A Lower State championship. Her goal total was down from the past two seasons, but Fryland said Classer had to do more than score with last year’s Gatorade Player of Year, Brooke Power, missing most of the season with a stress fracture.
“You can’t just be a person to score. Even though I do score a lot, I try to help my team out and help them score,” Classer said.
“Megan had to step it up and had to bring the work and leadership skills we lost with Brooke not playing,” Fryland said. “She was able to do that and still score the amount of goals she did. She has just matured as player.”
Fryland wasn’t sure what to expect from Classer when she came on to the team as a freshman because she didn’t play junior varsity. It was obvious early on that Classer’s shot was going to do big things in the program, he said.
The Lexington coach thinks one of Classer’s biggest assets is her ability to shine in big moments. He pointed to her big performance as a freshman in the Lower State title loss to Wando and her game-winning goal in last year’s state championship.
“She never seemed to be intimidated by the moment and always rose to the occasion,” Fryland said.