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‘Dedication’ key as Brewer earns soccer opportunity at St. Francis

April 26, 2011

BREWER LEADS — Jessica Brewer (front) leads the way in a recent 800 meter run at BHS. Brewer recently accepted a scholarship to play soccer for University of St. Francis. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)

    "She's probably going to play outside mid for us. She has awesome speed, and she's a smart player," praised St. Francis College girls soccer coach Christy Young, speaking of Bellmont senior Jessica Brewer.
    Brewer recently committed to play soccer for Young, who has coached Brewer in travel soccer over the years.
    "Hopefully, she will come right in and make a big impact for us," said Young. "It's really up to her. If Jess works, she's going to get minutes right away."
    Brewer, one of the most decorated Bellmont female athletes in several years, will definitely be a contributor for St. Francis if you believe Bellmont coach Steve Lee.
    "Jessi can play any position — defense, midfield, forward — that they ask her to play. She can play anywhere on the field and be effective."
    Brewer was a four-year starter for the Bellmont girls soccer team, stepping right in as a freshman. "Jessi has been a midfielder mostly, but got dragged into a forward position her senior year. Her hard work and dedication to the sport, especially in the off-season, got her this scholarship."
    Brewer, the daughter of Rex and Bea Brewer, is in the process of earning her 12th letter at BHS as she runs for the Bellmont girls track team. As a sophomore, Jessica made the state finals in the 800. Health problems last year caused her some training problems, but she hopes to return to state form this year. Brewer also has earned four letters in cross country for coach Carl Risch.
    "St. Francis is just the perfect fit. I looked at other programs, but something was always missing. When I went to St. Francis, I Iiked it," explained Brewer.
    Of course, one of her sportclub teammates is already on the team and another has signed. "I know pretty much all of the girls and get along with them. Ones I haven't played with, I've played against," explained Brewer.
    Opponents will be bigger, stronger and quicker as Jessica makes her transition into competitive college soccer. "I need to bulk up a little bit. I'll be lifting and coach will have me working out all summer," said Brewer.
    In the meantime, Jessi will be running circles at Bellmont. "I want to get back where I was my sophomore year," said Brewer, who improved late in that campaign to earn a shot at the IU track in June.
    After that, it's all soccer.

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