When Westfield drew a foul in the box against Chantilly during Monday’s Virginia Conference 5 contest, it was almost a given who would take the penalty kick: Bulldogs senior captain Brittany Fary. The four-year varsity player has evolved into one of the school’s most prolific scorers, netting a team-high 12 goals last season to earn All-Met honorable mention honors and three goals this year with her versatile play and creative playmaking ability. Fary committed to play college soccer at East Carolina as a sophomore before signing her letter-of-intent this past February. Following Westfield’s 5-3 win on Monday, the senior forward talked to The Post about her signing and her ultimate dream for this season.
Fary: When I visited there, I felt like it was the perfect school for me. The facilities are top of the line, the team is competitive, the campus was really nice and just like it is here at Westfield, it feels like a family with the coaches and players, and that was very important to me. When I committed, I brought my family with me to campus and sat in the coach’s office and told him I was coming. It was like a dream come true. The day was December 15, 2012. It’s a date I can’t forget.
RI: Did you have any other offers from colleges?
Fary: I was looking at West Virginia, George Mason and a few other schools. but again, ECU was just the perfect place for me, I felt.
RI: In the last two years since you committed, what have you done to prepare to play at the college level?
Fary: I’ve gotten stronger so I can be ready to compete at the next level. I’ve worked on my technique and skills. Just anything I can control and can improve on, I’ve been working on it so I can make an impact in college.
RI: How have the ECU coaches said they plan to use you once you get there?
Fary: They see me ideally as an attacking (midfielder) but they like my versatility, so they said they might play me at the top or at other areas on offense. That makes me feel good that they see as versatile and able to help the team in a number of ways.
RI: But I’m sure before you get to college, you have some unfinished business here at Westfield?
Fary: Oh definitely. I want to hang a banner in our gym so bad this year. Before anything else — scoring goals or anything individual — I want to get a banner for this team. If that meant me playing just five minutes a game or playing the whole game, whatever it takes for us to reach that point, I’m ready and willing to do it for this team.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 2011
The last time Westfield beat Virginia Conference 5 rival Chantilly before Monday’s 5-3 win. The Bulldogs were led by two goals each from Monica Horinko and Jada Massey to snap a three-game winless streak.
-Wilson defensive lineman Kareem McDonald earned an offer from Old Dominion’s football team.
-Hylton’s Matt Burrell led an elite group of local linemen at the D.C. area Nike Football Training Camp over the weekend, earning an invite to The Opening.
-All-star game exposure pays off for Suitland forward Gerard Gray.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
No. 4 DeMatha at No. 2 Gonzaga, 4 p.m.
Barring a rain cancellation, the boys’ lacrosse rivals will face off with DeMatha looking to shake off two losses in its past three games and Gonzaga poised to close out its regular season schedule on a good note.