Girls soccer

Brown helping bring Highland full circle

2013-09-29T16:30:00Z 2013-09-30T05:47:06Z Brown helping bring Highland full circleDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 29, 2013 4:30 pm  • 

In the last four years, Highland has seen the ups, like the 2010 regional championship. It's also seen some downs.

The current crop of seniors, led by Paige Brown, thinks it has what it takes to bring the Trojans back to prominence in region girls soccer.

"This program has seen its highs and lows but all fours years whether it was a losing season or winning, we all stuck together," she said. "I think we can be just as successful as the 2010 team was if we play like we can and leave everything on the field."

Brown has tried to harness her experience and pass along that knowledge to the underclassmen on this season's squad. She sees it as paying it forward.

"I do consider myself a leader and as captain that's one of the roles I have on this team," she said. "Playing with the 2010 team helped me become a better player learning from such great athletes."

"We do talk about that 2010 team with our underclassmen, and I hope that they can feel the way I did my freshman year."

The 2013 Highland team has flown under the radar. Injuries have left them with a 6-6 record that the Trojans feel doesn't accurately reflect their abilities.

Brown is one of the reasons for that confidence.

"Paige is a competitor," coach Gordon Walker said. "It means something to her and with that type of leadership on the field, the others have to try and give the same.

"She expects the same determination and effort out of everyone on the team and is disappointed if she does not get it."

Brown was one of the only freshmen to see significant playing time during 2010. Walker said he's watched her grow from a talented player who lacked confidence to an aggressive one who demands the defense's respect.

She's got 12 goals, despite missing a handful of games this season with an injury.

"We did have quite a few injuries, including myself, this year and that was challenging at times but we got through it," Brown said. "Now that we are all healthy I do believe we have what it takes to make a good playoff run."

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