Lori Henry’s soccer career took her around the country, and around the world. From her collegiate career at North Carolina, to her appearance with Team USA at the first Women’s World Cup in Guangdong, China, Henry set herself apart as one of the most decorated athletes in Shorewood history.
On Thursday, Henry’s accomplishments will be recognized, as she has her No. 21 jersey retired during halftime of the Shorewood/Shorecrest girls soccer match.
“Lori was more than an amazing soccer player at Shorewood High School, she was a leader, role model for her peers and a good student,” said Vicki Gorman, Shorewood Athletic Director. “She represented all that is good about high school athletics, hard work, dedication, teamwork and integrity.”
Henry remembers her time as a Thunderbird fondly.
“I was fortunate to have had such a kind, supportive and encouraging soccer coach at Shorewood in Steve Kelly,” Henry said. “He taught me many things that I carried into my soccer career such as a strong work ethic, team before self, and that being a Thunderbird was something very special. I am truly thankful that Shorewood High School sponsored girls soccer, which provided great opportunity for me and continues to help young girls today. All of my high school athletic experiences had an extremely positive impact on my life.”
After graduating from Shorewood in 1984, Henry took her soccer prowess to North Carolina, where she was a first-team All-American, while winning three NCAA championships as a Tar Heel in three years. The highlight of Henry’s career came in 1991, with a Women’s World Cup championship. Henry saw action in two games during the tournament, starting one. With her playing days over, Henry became the first women's soccer coach at Ohio State University, from 1993 to 1996.
Now, Henry teaches physical education at Kellogg Middle School, while serving as an assistant for the Shorecrest girls’ soccer team. Henry says that her experiences in soccer help her as a teacher.
“I am particularly proud of the growth of girls soccer and women's soccer in the U.S.” Henry said. “Sports is a great forum to teach young people and as a coach and teacher I use sports, and soccer in particular, to help teach life lessons.”
Thursday night’s game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at Shoreline Stadium.
The game will be televised live on the Shoreline Education Access Channel 26 (Comcast) or 36 (Frontier) in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.