Maggie Beem just received the call she has been waiting a lifetime for.
The former multi-sport athlete from William Chrisman High School, who was a perennial member of The Examiner’s All-Area Girls Soccer team, recently made the drive from Kirksville, Mo., to St. Louis to try out for the St. Louis Lions semipro soccer team.
And last weekend she received the call that she had earned a spot on the team that is part of the Women’s Professional Soccer League.
“One of my teammates and I drove down and we really didn’t know what to expect,” said Beem, who is scheduled to graduate from Truman State University in May. “They tried us out at several positions and told us that they would give us a call if we made it – and I got the call last weekend.”
The league runs from May through July and Beem will live with a host family in the St. Louis area.
“It’s really a pretty cool deal,” she added. “The Lions have their own complex (Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in St. Peters, Mo.) and really seem to do things the right way.
“We talked to a lot of the players on the team and they said they had a blast playing, so I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.”
Although she was not sure of the date, Beem said the Lions will play in Kansas City.
“I thought about trying out for the Kansas City team, but the Lions’ tryouts were Feb. 15-16 and the Kansas City tryouts were much later, and I wanted to know what I was going to be doing this summer.
“So I decided to tryout for the St. Louis team and I made it.”
Although Beem has been away from Chrisman for years, she still considers herself a Bear at heart.
“William Chrisman, the coaches, teachers, my teammates and friends all mean so much to me,” Beem said. “I enjoyed playing soccer for Coach (John) Straub, basketball for Coach (Lindsay) Thompson and Coach (Scott) Schaefer – and I learned so much from each of them.
“Coach (Tyler) Rathke made me a better athlete with all his innovative weight training. I can’t even think what college would have been like without him and the hours I spent in the weight room.
“And I ran cross country, which I really didn’t enjoy, but it made a better person and a strong person and I am so glad I ran. I was exposed to so many great people and ideas and training methods, and they all made me the person I am today.”
Beem, who was moved from her high school position of midfielder to forward in college, made second team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2018 and had a goal and an assist in a win over Rockhurst last September as Truman State finished 10-7-1 in 2019. As a junior, she started in all 19 games and finished with four goals and four assists to help the Bulldogs to a 14-4-1 record.
“College was a lot of work – on the field and in the classroom and I am so happy I selected Truman State,” she said. “It was the perfect place for me and prepared me for the challenges I’ll face this season playing with the Lions.
“I can’t wait!”