Brittany Basinger‘s 18th birthday proved a memorable one, to say the least.
On Tuesday, the Woodgrove senior defender/midfielder was named the Virginia Gatorade girls’ soccer player of the year. Later that night, Basinger nailed one of the Wolverines’ four penalty kicks in their thrilling overtime victory against Tuscarora (Va.) to advance to Thursday’s Dulles District final.
After helping lead the Wolverines to the AA state title and playing in the U-17 Women’s World Cup last year as defender, Basinger has 14 goals and nine assists from her new attack position within Woodgrove’s offense this season. The Penn State recruit, who also holds a 3.86 GPA, is the first Loudoun County player to be named Gatorade POY in the last 15 years.
“Her level of intensity brings up the level of play for the players around her. Because of her dynamic play and tenacity, she can play anywhere,” Woodgrove Coach Erin Barrett said of Basinger. “She asked questions early on, improved her movement in the attacking position and has done extremely well. You would never know that she hasn’t grown up as an attacker.”
Good Counsel senior forward Midge Purce was named Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year back in February following the fall soccer season.