Megan Fritz cringes every time she hears about Holly Fritz bragging to her Florida State teammates about her older sister’s soccer prowess. She can’t imagine the Seminoles, some of whom are considered the best players in the country, being too impressed with a junior midfielder playing at a mid-major program like Wagner.
“She shouldn’t be embarrassed at all,” Holly said. “I think she’s a great player. I look up to her. I wouldn’t be where I am without her.”
The Fritz sisters have transitioned from dominating on the Southwest Florida preps scene to making their mark on the field and in the classroom at the Division-I level. And despite living more than 1,000 miles apart, the Mariner High products remain extremely close.
It’s been that way for 19 years so Megan isn’t sure why geography should change that.
Some of their favorite memories came while training together to become two of the top players to come out of Lee County. Megan led Mariner to two district titles and Holly, a three-time all-state selection, is the county’s career goals leader.
“We were always working together,” Megan said. “I’d like to think I made her a better soccer player.”
When Megan went off to college in Staten Island, New York, the challenges of maintaining their tight-knit relationship were there. However, the two vowed to always be available by phone.
They came up with a ritual of calling each other before every game to pray and then being the first person outside of teammates and coaches the other spoke to following the game.
For Megan, a junior at Wagner, this past season started with string of disappointing calls to her sister. A rash of injuries which led to position changes contributed to 10 losses in the Seahawks’ first 12 games.
“We lost focus,” Megan said. “There wasn’t that spark. We all just needed to realize we needed to go all out for the team.”
Wagner rebounded late in the season, going on a three-game winning streak before losing its last game to finish one game short of qualifying for the Northeast Conference tournament. Megan, a second-team all-NEC selection, led the team in points (12) and goals (5).
“I’ve seen a change in the program,” Megan said. “I know we’re better than what we showed. I’m proud of how we finished. There’s hope for the future. Next season I think we can hit our peak and come out on top.”
She also was named the NEC women’s soccer scholar athlete of the year in early February after the business administration major posted a 3.96 grade point average.
The Fritz sisters were spending time in Daytona Beach when Megan received the news.
“I’m just so proud of her,” Holly said. “She works so hard. It motivates me to push myself to do even better.”
At FSU, Holly, an exercise science major on a pre-med track, appeared in 15 games as a freshman, making two starts. The Seminoles won an Atlantic Coast Conference title and reached the Women’s College Cup in Cary, North Carolina.
Megan made the trip with her family to see her sister in the NCAA semifinals. FSU fell to Duke in the game, but Megan had a feeling she’d be back.
“They have a great team and could win a national championship,” Megan said. “I’m excited to see what Holly can do in the future.”
Despite losing some key pieces, Holly was a member of one of the most talented freshman classes in the country, which is capable of pushing the Seminoles back to Cary.
“Development starts pretty soon,” Holly said. “We’re already pushing each other to become the best team we can.”
While Holly’s collegiate career is just beginning, Megan’s is winding down. The rising senior is looking forward to her final year where her classes become more practical. And the chance to network in an internship in the finance community is intriguing.
Holly’s goal is to make a home in the Northeast, working in finance in New York City. Geography will continue to separate the Fritz sisters.
Sporadic visits and phone calls will have to suffice for at least the next few years. Holly doesn’t expect that to last much longer after her graduation from FSU.
“I miss her a lot. It’s hard not being around her all the time,” Holly said. “I told her that I’m going to have to get used to living in the cold one day.”