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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.

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