By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The Boston Herald recently released its All-Decade team (2010-2019) for MIAA girls soccer. Making this prestigious list were two former local stars in Medfield’s Mimi Borkan (’13) and Needham’s Kayla Steeves (’15).
As many will remember in Medfield, Borkan emerged as a star for the Warriors from 2009-2012, amassing a career record of 67-6-16 during her four years as the team’s starting keeper. Borkan helped the Warriors to consecutive TVL titles in 2010 and 2011 and a pair of state championships (2010, 2012). She was named the TVL MVP in 2011 and 2012 and was named All-New England as a senior.
At UNH, Borkan was a two-time captain. As a sophomore, Borkan started in all 21 of UNH’s games, recording a .90 GAA with a .835 save percentage. Borkan finished the year with an 8-9-4 record with nine shutouts and was named team co-MVP. As a junior, Borkan started all 19 games, amassing four shutouts and 80 saves on the year. As a senior, Borkan recorded a 1.08 GAA and .829 save percentage to go along with five shutouts and 102 saves, earning herself a spot on the American East All-Conference Second-Team as a senior.
Borkan, who now works as a championships assistant at Providence College, took to Twitter to comment on receiving the honor.
Speaking of Providence College, let us not forget about the second local member of the Herald’s All-Decade team, Needham’s Kayla Steeves. During her time at Needham High, Steeves was a two-time All-Scholastic recipient in 2013 and 2014, as well as the Bay State Conference Rookie of the Year in 2011. As a senior captain in 2014, Steeves helped Needham to an undefeated regular season (12-0-2) by compiling 16 goals and 20 assists. Steeves was named an All-American, the Division I Player of the Year, Bay State Conference MVP and All-Scholastic.
After high school, Steeves attended Providence College, where she continued to excel on the pitch. As a sophomore, Steeves started all 20 games for the Friars, recording a goal and four assists. As a junior in 2017, Steeves earned All-Big East Second-Team honors after starting in 19 of 20 games and recording a goal with three assists. In 2018, Steeves again earned All-Big East Second-Team honors by scoring two goals and adding three assists.
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