Aug. 5, 2010
written by Marcy Silva, athletics communications student assistant
When Brianna Webster committed to play for Coach Kit Vela at the University of New Mexico, she had no idea she would be keeping a trio, composed of Brooke Ellison, Elizabeth Nare, and herself, of friends and teammates together.
The trio, who have been suiting up in baby blue for the Laguna Hills Eclipse club soccer team for over a year, each received offers to play for Vela at UNM, however they never tried to convince each other to attend the University.
"When we received offers we talked about it, but never tried to persuade one another to attend," said Nare. "But in the back of our minds we all secretly hoped we'd have the opportunity to remain together."
"I didn't find out we all decided to attend until Brianna made the commitment," stated Ellison. "When I heard her decision it definitely added to the excitement."
Perhaps some things are meant to be. Ellison and Nare met on the soccer field the summer before their freshmen year of high school during a camp. It didn't take long for the two to become friends. Not only did the friendship between them develop during the course of the year, but together they helped lead their team to multiple league championships while at El Toro HS in Lake Forest, Calif.
It was after they began playing club soccer for the Laguna Hills Eclipse that they met fellow Lobo Webster, and the trio was born. Soon enough, they were best friends and brought their chemistry onto the playing field.
That chemistry helped lead their club team to a win over the Eclipse Select of Illinois on July 25, in Overland Park, Kan. for the U-18 National Championship. They describe the victory among the greatest thrills they've experienced while playing soccer, and they hope to expand upon those thrills while at UNM.
"The thrill of a victory is always sweeter when shared with friends," said Webster, "Having my teammates here with me will make everything much more fun, even the tough parts such as new challenges and being pushed to different levels."
The challenges, however, will only serve to make a trio of already talented freshmen even better and make an impressive Lobo women's soccer team a bigger threat come Fall.
The season is fast approaching, and with it new challenges to be encountered, but the teammates look forward to new experiences and sharing the field with each other once again. Game time comes closer with each passing day, but the girls are prepared to face each obstacle that may come their way. Not only as friends, but as a trio that was destined to play in the Cherry and Silver.