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American made - Brasher to play for Eagles

April 08, 2006|By ANDREW MASON

Kelsey Brasher's high school soccer resume indicates the North Hagerstown senior is ready to take her game to the next level.

It reads: Two-time All-State selection; two-time All-Area first team; three-time All-County first team; three-time All-MVAL Antietam first team; two-year team captain; 35 career goals and 30 assists.

"I love soccer and have played it all my life," Brasher said. "I figured if I was going to keep playing, I might as well do it all the way and play Division I."

That's one of the reasons the star midfielder recently signed a letter of intent to attend American University in Washington in the fall and play soccer for the Eagles of the Patriot League.

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But that's not the main reason.

"Academics are my No. 1 priority," said Brasher, who has a 4.08 grade point average at North. "American, academically, is a really good school. It's one of the top-ranked political science schools in the country."

Brasher said she'll receive partial athletic and academic scholarships. She said she chose American over Bucknell, Lehigh and the College of Charleston.

As a four-year starter at North, Brasher helped lead the Hubs to three county titles and two conference championships.

"She was an impact player from the very first day she walked on the soccer field as a freshman," North coach Rick Aleshire said. "She was an unselfish player, a tremendous team player. She could play both ends of the field, offense and defense."

Brasher also has seen a lot of action away from the Hubs.

"I play club soccer year round, and that's mostly where you get scouted," she said. "But high school has been good to me. Making the All-State team, that was good."

American had a 2-3-2 record in the Patriot League last season and was 5-10-2 overall.

"Watching them play, I think I should get plenty of playing time," Brasher said. "But I won't know until I go into tryouts."

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