I looked for was to see if it was academically, socially and spiritually a good fit for me,” she explained. “And then when I checked the soccer program, it was really good also. All of that added together just pushed it over the edge for me.
“I hope I can bring hard work and dedication. I know that’s not going to fail me as long as I can get there, work hard and be the best version of me. That’s all I can ask for.”
“Finley is our team captain this year, which says a lot about her since we have 10 seniors,” Robinson said. “She’s definitely stepped it up this year as a leader on the team and she’s filled those shoes well.”
Brisendine has led Heritage in assists in multiple years.
“Playing center-mid, she controls a lot of the action on the field,” Robinson continued. “She really tells us which way we’re going up and down the field. She’s a game-changer of a player. When we take her off the field, you can really tell that she’s not out there.
“We know that if we get in a tricky situation, she can take on other players and find a way to get us out of it. That ability is something that her future college coach said that he saw in her. She has great footwork and shows a lot of hustle. She also plays with a lot of grit to hold off other players who are bigger than her. I think she’ll have a big influence on her college team.”
Smotherman said she wants to major in business with a minor in psychology, while Brisendine plans to study nursing.