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Freshman a Standout for Miami Women's Soccer

Brittney Steinbruch key to winning team

By: Christina De Nicola // Assistant Sports Editor

Issue date: 7/8/08 Section: Sports
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Britteny Steinbruch battles it out for the ball against another player during the BC UM soccer game last week.  Brittney, just a freshman this year, has the best stats on the entire team.
Media Credit: Billy Gilbert
Britteny Steinbruch battles it out for the ball against another player during the BC UM soccer game last week. Brittney, just a freshman this year, has the best stats on the entire team.

This past season, the University of Miami women's soccer program excelled past expectations. The leadership and guidance provided by the upperclassmen, mixed in with the slew of talent that the incoming freshmen brought in, the team proved to be a handful for all opponents. Amongst these group of talented athletes, one, in particular, stood out amongst the rest.

Freshman Brittney Steinbruch a major factor in the success that the Hurricanes experienced this past season. She led the team with 16 goals, which tied her with Britney Butcher for most goals by a Hurricane in a single season, and 35 points, most all-time for a Hurricane in a single season.

For her accomplishments, Steinbruch was offered a spot on the U.S. Under-20 National team for the Cyprus Women's Cup 2008 alongside fellow freshman Brittany Macdonald, and Steinbruch earned spots on the Soccerbuzz.com and Soccer America All-Freshmen first teams. She also made the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) First Team as well as ACC All-Academic Soccer Team.

But the list of accolades doesn't stop there. Steinbruch was named ACC Freshman of the Year, NSCAA National Player of the Week, ACC Player of the Week and Muscle Milk Athlete of the Week and was selected as a member of Soccer American Women's Team of the Week.

"When I was younger I played softball, basketball but really just soccer," Steinbruch said. "I played club soccer for twelve years, since I was five or six like everybody else."

But the 5-foot 8-inch forward, who had not played the position before coming to UM because she was placed at outside midfield, is not your average freshman.

"We're very pleased with her performance. It has exceeded what we expected as far as the amount of goals scored," head coach and ACC Coach of the Year Tricia Taliaferro said. "We always knew that she was going to be dangerous, but I think she's really gotten into the transition of the team and made her impact. The big thing with her is just letting her go, letting her play, letting her be creative, and I think that's what she's done, and she's run with it."
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