If there is an opportunity for Chesterton’s Bridget Brendza to put the ball in the back of the net, it is a pretty safe bet that she will put it there.
The senior forward, who was a Second Team All-State selection last year with 17 goals and three assists, uses her aggressiveness on the field to find light up the scoreboard.
“I try to be tenacious on the ball and always try to be aggressive,” Brendza said. “I always want the ball, and I am always hungry to score. I try to make a good run, to make plays happen and try to score.”
Trojan coach David Galloway said her relentlessness in pursuit of the ball is something that her teammates feed off of.
“She will do anything she has to do to put the ball in the net,” he said. “The players feed off of that. She’s a valuable leader and she leads by example.
“When they see her go down into the box after a ball after she’s been tripped or fouled and isn’t giving up on it, that makes them play that much harder."
Having played four years on the varsity, Brendza has seen first-hand how each senior group has led the team, and now it is her turn along with her fellow classmates to lead the Trojans.
“This is the last year and the last run,” she said. “This is it. We’ve got to do it. The seniors are trying to push the underclassmen because they don’t know what it’s like. We need to push them, and we need to push ourselves as well.”
Galloway said Brendza’s ability to put the ball in the net in any way necessary is what separates her from other forwards.
“She was very reluctant to use her head as a freshman in any fashion whatsoever,” he said. “Now, she’s the best header, offensively, we have on the team. She will use any part of her body, short of her hand, to put the ball in the net.”
Brendza’s ability to focus on the game and block out distractions is another area where Galloway says she excels.
“When she steps in between the lines on the soccer field, she performs as a soccer player,” he said. “She doesn’t let anything that may have gone on during the course of the day bother her. She goes out and does the job.”
Headed into her final campaign, Brendza has lofty goals for both herself and her team.
“The goal is to get the team to state, and my personal goal is to be All-State First Team,” she said.