Women’s Soccer: Lady Cats sign South Harrison Standout
Ashleigh Brosius, (seated center) signs her letter of intent to join the Potomac State Women’s Soccer Team for the fall. Joining her are, Seated, left to right her brother Jarod Brosius; father Charles Brosius); Brosius; mother Vanessa Brosius and sister Zoey Brosius. Standing, left to right are Mark Sprouse, Potomac State Head Coach; Daniel Smith, South Harrison High Head Coach and Brad Jett, South Harrison Athletic Director.
The Potomac State Women’s Soccer Team added another quality player to their ranks by signing Ashleigh Brosius a South Harrison High School Standout. The Jane Lew resident touts several achievements including All-Harrison County and All-State honors Brosius had a reputation around the state for her hard-nosed and aggressive play as a defensive midfielder for the Hawks. Brosius plans on majoring in Criminal Justice at Potomac State.
Brosius got a late start playing soccer as she played her first game in 8th grade.“I didn’t make the cheerleading squad and was down, and a friend of mine, Holly (VanHorne), wanted me to play soccer, so I gave it a shot and fell in love with it,” Brosius said. “I’ve loved it ever since.” Her coach at South Harrison, Daniel Smith, believes Brosius’ competitive qualities and her ability to communicate with teammates are aspects of her game that will make her successful at Potomac State. “Ashleigh is one of those kids who never quits and never lets her teammates quit,” Smith said. “She’s a strong defender, tough and doesn’t back down out there. “She’s got a good offensive foot when she’s in her range, too.”
Ashleigh also participates in a boy’s spring league in Lewis County, which she believes has made her a much better player. “I try to play the same style of game against boys as I do against the girls,” Brosius said. “Coach Sprouse told me if I could hold my own in a league like that, I should be able to help his team. “Playing against boys forces me to up the level of my game and that’s a good thing.” “Coach Sprouse wants me to play center defense or center midfield,” Brosius said. “I went up for a visit and played with the girls up there and really seemed to fit in. I liked it there and I like those girls.”Brosius’ hard-nosed play comes natural, she says. “I don’t take it easy on anyone out there,” Brosius said. “If the other team has really good players, I push myself even harder to play better. That’s what coach Sprouse told me he liked the most about me.”
Coach Sprouse commented, “Ashleigh will do well playing at this level, her aggressive and physical play is what’s needed. She doesn’t back down and loves the game. Ashleigh will be a valuable contributor to the team and I can’t see her not getting a lot of playing time.”