Senior Spotlight: #7 Madison Duncan
Falling In Love With Being A Spartan
By MSU Athletic Communications
EAST LANSING, Mich. - For senior defender Madison Duncan, it's hard to hold back the tears after every game during her last year as a Spartan.
Duncan has become a valuable defender for the Spartans as she's played nearly every minute on the field during her past two seasons. There was a time in her soccer career where things weren't as rewarding, as she recalls a time when soccer was nearly in the past for her.
Her short run at University of Louisiana isn't her fondest memory, noting that her time there almost made her give up on soccer. But, once she became a Spartan, things changed and her passion for soccer was reignited.
"Being a part of this team has been huge for me," said Duncan. "I was at University of Louisiana my first semester of my freshman year, and I hated it so bad -- and then I came to MSU and I fell in love with the team, with the girls and just everything."
Through the help of her teammates and coaches, Duncan was able to navigate the challenges of transferring to a new school and the expectations that come with being a Spartan student-athlete. Being a part of the Michigan State women's soccer program has taught her a lot of valuable things and has pushed her out of her comfort zone.
Her Spartan journey has led Duncan to acquire skills that will stick with her long after her soccer career at Michigan State comes to a close. One of the most valuable skills she has learned from her teammates is communication and how to leave everything on the field.
"I've kind of learned how to talk to people on the field," said Duncan. "You learn different personalities and how certain people respond to certain things."
Duncan has taken on the role of leading by example during her senior season by working hard in hopes that it will encourage her younger teammates to do the same.
"This team means everything to me," Duncan said. "I feel like I worked really hard to get here, to get on this team and to get my spot on the field."
This season, Duncan has embraced her role as a leader on the field through being a consistent starter for the Spartans. She started in all 17 games that she's appeared in, and has seen 1,383 minutes on the field.
Duncan credits her challenging engineering major as one of the reasons she's so driven as she strives to excel on the field and in the classroom. The strenuous engineering classes in addition to soccer practices and traveling for games, time management has been key for her successes.
Her hard work has not gone unnoticed as Duncan was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team for the past two seasons.
"A lot of what we've been working on with the younger team right now, or the younger girls is the perseverance, the not giving up," said Duncan. "We've had kind of a hard beginning of the season, losing quite a few games. It's the idea of staying in the game, even if you're down, to keep fighting, throughout the season too, even if you know you're getting loss after loss, keep fighting."
Duncan's journey in the Green and White has revolved around putting forth hard work and personal growth and it has paid off tremendously.
"As a person I've definitely grown a ton. I've come out of my shell quite a bit."
After graduation, Duncan has aspirations to continue her soccer career by going overseas to play professional soccer for a couple of years. But for now -- she'll treasure every game, like it's her last.