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Renton's Asia Brisco has team off to a hot start | Soccer
At 4-1, the Renton girls soccer team has already topped last year’s three wins. The Indians have been potent on offense too, scoring 35 goals.
Much of the early success has been because of freshman Asia Brisco, a bubbly, confident forward with a nose for the goal.
“She’s a prolific goal scorer,” said Renton coach Andrea Anderson. “That’s rare to have a player like that, that their main focus is getting the ball and scoring, not just shooting, but scoring.”
Brisco, 14, has 17 goals through six games this season. She also plays club soccer for Crossfire. Brisco is brimming with confidence after her quick start to the high school season.
“I’m fast, I’m strong and I’m clever,” she said of her attributes on the field. “My mentality is looking to score all the time.”
Anderson said Brisco’s level of focus and intensity has also helped an Indians team that has many players new to soccer.
One of the players that’s not new, senior midfielder Justice Perry, has been key to Brisco’s success. Perry made the first all-Seamount team last season and has six goals this season - including a hat trick against Tyee Sept. 11.
“They play really well together and feed off of each other,” said Renton assistant coach Kim Irby. “It’s nice to have a player like Asia for Justice to feed the ball up to.”
Sophomore Sydney Sept, senior Shara Tidwell and senior Stephanie Rivas have been holding down the defense. Renton had only allowed one goal before allowing nine against Lindbergh Sept. 27.
With 22 players, Anderson is hoping the group can grow even more and field a JV team for the first time she can remember next year.
She said a big part of the surge in numbers is because the team’s eight seniors have been spreading the word around school.
“Those girls have been through when there really wasn’t interest in the program and they’ve been a big part of building the interest,” Anderson said.
Now younger players like Brisco are hoping to take the baton and help the program continue its growth.
“It’s great to be a part of building up the team,” Brisco said.
Brisco’s 17 goals tie her for the Seamount lead along with Lindbergh’s Elise Aylward. Aylward missed all of last season with an injury, but is back and better than ever.
She scored all four of the Eagles’ goals in a big win against Hazen Sept. 25, and added six against the Indians Sept. 27.
Also among the league leaders in goals: Lindbergh’s Lindsey Pfluger (6), Hazen’s Dee Dee Green (4), Lindbergh’s Justine Yarington (4) and Hazen’s Chelsea Delgado (3).
Hazen’s Cameron Devereux is tied with Kennedy’s Diondra Bourgette for the league lead in shutouts, with two.