Megan Hudgens Closes Out UAB Career on Positive Note
Megan Hudgens finished her collegiate soccer career in style.
The senior forward led the University of Alabama-Birmingham women's soccer team with four goals, nine points and 28 shots in the fall of 2019. She also shared second on the squad with one assist.
The 2016 graduate of Fellowship Christian School helped the Lady Blazers post a 2-5-3 Conference USA record and a 4-7-6 mark overall. The 2018 Lady Blazers went 9-8 overall and were 6-4 in conference play.
"This year I felt we more of a team [than the 2018 season]," Hudgens said. "We did not make the conference tournament, but we played well together. We had a lot of ties. It was a learning year as we had about 10 freshmen on the team. But those girls really helped out team chemistry, and will really help the program grow. They need time to continue to improve, but they really helped out our team right away. The team has great potential this season."
On an academic note, Hudgens participated in UAB's virtual graduation on May 4, and picked up her finance degree with a minor in marketing.
"It was sweet," said Hudgens, who recently completed a three-month position as a finance and marketing intern with Daniel Corp in Birmingham, Ala. "I am back in Atlanta, networking and talking to people [with an eye on a full-time job in commercial real estate or sports marketing]."
As Hudgens looks to begin her post-college career, she fondly recalls her collegiate soccer career.
"It was unbelievable," she said. "It helped me grow as a person. It taught me hard work, which I will take into the business world. We averaged two hours of practice, an hour of weight lifting and 2-3 more hours of meetings with coaches and watching film a day. With that schedule comes time management. You can't be flakey. You also learn teamwork, problem-solving skills and perseverance as a college athlete. College soccer was great for me."
During her career at UAB, Hudgens played in 72 games and finished with 42 points (15 goals, 12 assists). Hudgens, who set career bests with seven goals, five assists and 19 points her sophomore season, took a career-high 36 shots as a freshman in 2016.
In 2017, she started and played in 20 games to set career bests.
Some of her key memories with the Lady Blazers included the annual team-building trip to Chattanooga, Tenn., last summer and beating rival North Texas 1-0 last season.
"It was a great win," Hudgens said. "We are always in close games with them, but they seem to win. So this year we had quite a celebration."
Through the years Hudgens' confidence on the field grew.
"I always tried to focus on why I was there – for the love of the sport," she said. "The first year I was scared, but as I played more games I tried to always be positive and not overthink it. I always told myself 'you are good, so just believe in yourself.' As I relaxed my confidence grew."
(Photos courtesy of UAB)