Nate Morgado isn’t lacking confidence.
Whether it’s how he took the starting goalie job at Bridgewater State from a senior when he was just a freshman, his plan to play college baseball after two years away from the game, or his longterm goal of becoming a CEO.
Then again, much of the Dartmouth High graduate’s strong will has come to fruition.
Morgado lasted less than two seasons as a soccer forward before he found his home in front of the net as a 6-year-old, even though he was a sprinter and hurdler and still enjoys challenging his teammates to races.
“I get that all the time,” he said with a laugh. “It’s funny and a little sad at the same time to know the goalie is one of the fastest kids on the team. I challenge everyone. Everyone always sleeps on me.”
By his senior year at Dartmouth — where competed for the indoor track team and played third base for the baseball team — he was named All-State after notching five shutouts and allowing one goal or fewer in 13 of his 17 games. He was dubbed a Standard-Times Super Teamer, an Eastern Mass. All-Star and the top vote-getter for the Old Colony League All-Stars.
He had big plans for college, but when he started seriously looking at tuition costs, he found Bridgewater State was at the nexus point of his soccer plans and an acceptable amount of student debt when he graduated.
“I wasn’t going anywhere ridiculously expensive,” he said. “Paying for college myself, a low debt coming out was important so I wouldn’t be paying it off the rest of my life. Soccer played a huge part in where I went, but sometimes the cost effects overruled soccer.”
Coach Brendan Adams had expressed interest in Morgado during his senior season, but they fell out of touch until May, when Morgado called to see if there would be a spot for him.
Turns out, there was.
Morgado started his second-ever collegiate game, a 4-1 win over Plymouth State, then alternated starts with senior Colin Jepson until the MASCAC Tournament, when Morgado started in both a first-round win and a semifinal loss to cap an 8-9-2 season .
“I’m always expecting to play,” Morgado said of his mindset during that first season. “I’m always there giving 100 percent, no matter where I am. After the first game (when he didn’t play), I knew where I stood and where I wanted to be and where I should be striving for.”
In his 10 starts, Morgado went 4-5-1 as a freshman, finishing with a 2.26 goals against average and a 76.0 save percentage.
“Coming from club soccer, it was a similar level,” he said. “I didn’t really think it was too big a difference. I was ready for it.”
He lowered his goals-against average to 1.39 as a sophomore while starting 18 games, saving 75 percent of the shots he faced with five shutouts.
“The more games you play the more comfortable you are,” Morgado said. “Yes, you have to train hard, but (goalie) is more a position of experience. The more you get, the better you are.”
But the Bears slipped to 6-10-3 that year and were eliminated in the first round of the MASCAC Tournament.
“That’s not where we want to be,” Morgado said. “The key is focusing on league games. A lot of the league games, we’re the better team. But we play down to other teams. We go against the top teams in New England, or the country, and we do well. Then we come into some games and we play down to their level. We have to be ready for those games.”
As a 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior, Morgado has a 1.95 goals-against average and 71.6 save percentage through his first 12 games, as Bridgewater State is off to a 6-6 start, with a 2-2 mark so far in the MASCAC. He has one shutout, and four games with at least eight saves. His main goal over his last season-and-a-half is to win a MASCAC championship and play in the NCAA Tournament, which the Bears reached the year before Morgado arrived.
As a sophomore, Morgado finished 12th at the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 110 meter hurdles in 16.85 seconds and 10th at the New England Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 55 hurdles in 8.57 seconds.
But this spring he plans to go out for the BSU baseball team, despite having not played organized baseball since his senior year with the Indians.
“I just miss it,” he said. “I miss hitting. I miss solid contact hits. I miss throwing kids out at first.”
In between a dumbfounding three athletic seasons, Morgado is working toward his degree in accounting. Always comfortable with math, Morgado took an accounting class in high school and was intrigued.
“It was interesting and I took it and ran,” he said. “I don’t know if I see myself becoming a sit-down accountant. Maybe I’ll own my own business or become a CEO. Somewhere in a management position.”
But Morgado hasn’t given up the hope of playing soccer after his college graduation.
“I’m going to focus myself first as a far as being a professional (player), or maybe semi-pro,” he said. “I love playing.”
Freshman Tanner Figueiredo (Old Rochester) scored a goal for the University of New England on Tuesday. He has two goals in 11 games.
Sophomore Bella Shields (Bishop Stang) notched an assist on Tuesday for Curry. She has two goals and five assists in 14 games. … Junior Jacinda McCartney (New Bedford) scored a goal for American International on Wednesday. She has two goals and one assist in 13 games. … Junior Mikayla Demanche (Old Rochester) made six saves while allowing six goals in two games this week for American International. She has a 1.60 goals-against average and 73.4 save percentage in 13 games. … Senior Nicole Simas (Dartmouth) scored two goals in two games this week for Bridgewater State. She has five goals and two assists in 11 games. … Senior Caitlin Rowley (Apponequet) notched two assists on Thursday for Bridgewater State. She has four assists in 11 games. … Sophomore Paige Meissner (Bishop Stang) recorded an assist on Oct. 6 for Lasell. She has one goal and two assists in 11 games. … Senior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven) made 11 saves without allowing a goal in two games this week for Southern Maine. She has a 0.97 goals-against average and an 84.2 save percentage in 12 games. … Junior Abby Carchio (Apponequet) recorded an assist on Oct. 6 for Brown. She has five goals and two assists in 12 games. … Sophomore Payton Wildrick (GNB Voc-Tech) made six saves without allowing a goal in two games this week for Saint Anselm’s. She has a 1.28 goals-against average and 81.3 save percentage in 11 games.
Junior Austin Stahmer (Wareham) recorded four tackles and a pass breakup for Mass Maritime last weekend. He has 14 tackles and one interception in five games. … Junior Sean Smialek (Dartmouth) made five tackles last weekend for Mass Maritime. He has 32 tackles, a sack and an interception in five games. … Junior Jack Sullivan (Dartmouth) recorded three tackles, a sack and returned a kickoff seven yards last weekend for Framingham State. He has nine tackles, one sack in three games. … Senior Cam Charette (Fairhaven) caught one pass for 32 yards last weekend for Worcester State, while punting twice for 82 yards. He has 30 catches for 370 yards and five touchdowns in six games. … Sophomore Brendan Costa (Case) threw for 99 yards and two interceptions on 12-of-29 passing, while running for 59 yards on 10 carries for Springfield last weekend. He has 420 passing yards and one passing touchdown, plus 156 rushing yards and a score in four games. … Junior Matt Golden (Bishop Stang) caught one pass for six yards and returned a kickoff 15 yards last weekend for Bates. He has two catches for 16 yards and one rush in four games. … Sophomore Nick Landry (Bishop Stang) made three tackles for Williams last weekend. He has five tackles in four games. … Freshman Emo Schiappa (Old Rochester) recorded one tackle last weekend for Middlebury. He has six tackles in four games.
Sophomore Taylor Bulis (Apponequet) notched an assist on Oct. 6 for Salve Regina. She has three goals and three assists in 13 games.
Sophomore Alexis Duarte (Fairhaven) totaled six kills and one assist in two matches this week for Bridgewater State. She has 54 kills, four assists, two service aces, 27 digs and four blocks in 13 matches. … Senior Katie Leidhold (Fairhaven) had eight kills, one assist, 10 digs and one block in one match this week for Johnson and Wales. She has 163 kills, 19 assists, 20 service aces, 149 digs and 17 blocks in 19 matches.
Junior Evan Russell (Wareham) won 8-3 at No. 2 doubles alongside Nolan Bebarta for Regis. He’s 1-1 at No. 6 singles and 101 at No. 2 doubles this season. … Sophomore Emma Collings (Old Rochester) went 1-1 at No. 4 singles and 2-0 at No. 2 doubles this week for Worcester State. She’s 4-7 at No. 4 singles and 10-1 at No. 2 doubles alongside Charlotte Mullane. … Sophomore Victoria Vittori (New Bedford/Lenox) is 9-2 at No. 2 singles and 1-0 at No. 3 doubles for Rhode Island College this season.
Sophomore Madison Lynch (Dartmouth) finished 22nd in 22:10.5 at the Runnin’ Monks Invitational last weekend. … Junior Ryan Cardozo (Bishop Stang) finished 72nd in 28:07.9 for Assumption during the NEICAAA Cross Country Championship last weekend. … Junior Paige Fehskens (Wareham) finished 105th in 24:08.70 for Bentley at the Lewis Conference Crossover last weekend. … Sophomore Olivia Wrobleski (Bishop Stang) finished 62nd in 22:29.49 for Mount Holyoke at the James Earley Invitational last weekend.
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