SISTER ACT: Matula sisters, future Texas A&M stars, join forces on pitch
This girls soccer season at St. Pius X will be a special one for the Matula family.
Sisters Macy and Margo Matula will be on the same field this year at the TAPPS private school, playing as teammates.
Junior Macy will graduate early next winter, leaving freshman Margo to hold down the fort at the prep level for three more seasons.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
"A bunch of people say we look and play alike," the older Macy laughs. "I don't see it, though. She's a blonde and plays defense."
On the field, St. Pius X is going to be much- improved with the arrival of a new coach and the decorated freshman.
"We have a great relationship," Margo says. "But we are siblings. Sometimes we are yelling at each other and part ways, but mostly we are really close and talk about everything."
While the sisters will have one year of high school ball, they will reunite at Texas A&M, as both have committed to the Aggies women's soccer team.
"We visited a few college campuses and fell in love with the people at Texas A&M," Macy said. "The coaches have great relationships with their players, and the support staff is amazing. It's a big family. My parents, who went to the University of Texas, helped me a lot with my college decision."
The pair committed in 2018 after Macy's freshman year. Margo was entering the eighth grade.
Macy led the way to the pitch.
"We played everything from basketball, flag football to volleyball," Macy said. "We did gymnastics and ballet. I was just better
at soccer and I started to like it more, of course. I was a lefty, which is sort of rare and coaches needed that position. I'm also not that coordinated with my hands, so soccer works for me.
"From there, Margo just followed me," she said.
"We played for the YMCA and then club," Margo added. "We then started playing with the Albion Hurricanes. It was all about fun. If I didn't like my coaches or teammates when I started, I wouldn't be in the sport. If it wasn't fun, I would have had to quit."
With their college decisions out of the way, the Matulas are now focused on getting St. Pius X soccer back on the map.
"I'm looking forward to the season," Margo said entering her freshman year. "Don't get me wrong, I want to win and for everyone to try their best, but I also want to build relationships and have fun."
"I love it here," Macy said. "I'm not really super- outgoing. I love being at a place where I know everyone and build close friendships. That's what it's all about, right?
"It's also a place where teachers and the administration are genuinely pulling for you."