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'She just has that edge to her'

April 03, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Brooke Jacobs said she wants to play NCAA Division I women's soccer. Before that, she wants to help her high school team continue on its recent upswing.

Even if those weren't her goals, they might be impossible to avoid.

Jacobs, a sophomore forward for the Chambersburg girls soccer team this spring, is somewhat of a phenom.

"She's the best player in the Mid-Penn, hands down," Chambersburg coach Shawn Stenger said. "No one's as fast and as skilled and as tenacious as she is. She just has that edge to her that all the great ones have."

As a freshman, Jacobs helped lead the Trojans to their best season in school history. Chambersburg, which went 17-4-1 last year, won the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division title, played in the District 3 Class AAA championship game and earned a berth to the PIAA state tournament - all firsts for the program.

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Her 23 goals were more than just a single-season school record. They put her No. 1 on the list of Chambersburg's career goal scorers.

"The scary thing is that she still has a lot to learn," Stenger said. "She's going to set records here that nobody will ever touch."

Through three games this season, Chambersburg is unbeaten and Jacobs, no surprise, has a team-high six goals. In the Trojans' last game - a 7-4 victory over Waynesboro on Thursday - she led the way with a hat trick.

"She's the best player I've seen in my four years," Waynesboro coach Bryan Flickinger said.

However, Jacobs' name can't be found on any of The Herald-Mail All-Area soccer teams. Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Greencastle and James Buchanan are the only schools in the Tri-State that play girls soccer in the spring, thus putting them out of the radar in the fall when everyone else plays.

Jacobs still gets her props.

"She was the only freshman to ever make the Big 11 (the Harrisburg Patriot's all-star team)," Stenger said. "That just speaks volumes. ... She's just amazing. She's nonstop."

Her fall sport - cross country - helps keep her going. She's a two-time District 3 medalist and was an All-Area First Team selection last fall.

"I like cross country," Jacobs said. "It's not my favorite sport, but it's fun and I do it to stay in shape. It helps a lot. I don't get tired very often."

She needs the endurance. Getting the best out of herself and her teammates is an endless quest.

"We have a lot of work to do to be as good as we were last year," Jacobs said. "We just try to play better each game. I just work hard and do my best."

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