Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area’s best high school competitors.
This week’s athlete is East Pennsboro girls soccer player Kasi Brown. The senior notched the game-winner in double overtime on Thursday to help the Panthers win their first Mid-Penn championship in team history.
The goal came just two minutes into the second overtime period to defeat Cumberland Valley 2-1.
Editor’s note: Due to Brown and the Panthers playing in the first round of the District 3 playoffs Monday night, this week’s edition had to be published a day late. East Penn beat Twin Valley 7-1 behind a hat trick from Brown.
Q: How are you and the team feeling after winning the first Mid-Penn title for the Panthers?
A: Right now we’re just really excited and we know how much potential we have. We are trying to stay focused game to game and make sure we don’t overlook anyone.
Q: Did you ever think you would be the one to score the game-winner?
A: I think it’s important to have confidence and composure in front of the net, especially in games like those, but I owe it all to my teammates honestly. Without them I couldn’t have done it.
Q: Moving into districts, what has the team been doing to keep the success going?
A: As we move through districts we will continue to practice and work on our weaknesses. We have to make sure we’re staying rested and healthy to avoid injuries.
Q: Any saying or phrase the team is using during the postseason?
A: Our saying all season has been “All In,” in honor of Ashlyn (Brysiak), who is still a huge part of our program. She continues to inspire us, and every game we play is for her.
Editor’s note: Brysiak is a grade school student battling leukemia. The Panthers honored her last year during a game by releasing balloons in a show of support against pediatric cancer.
Q: Anything that you personally love about the postseason? What about some things that you don’t love?
A: I love the postseason because we get the chance to be tested by better teams, which always makes the games more exciting to play. However, the season does get very long and tiring the further we go.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of soccer?
A: Outside of school soccer I play club soccer as well as work at Panera Bread and run track.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: If I could have any job in the world it would be a pediatrician. I’m fascinated by the medical field and absolutely love kids. Being a pediatrician would be a great mix of the two. My ultimate goal is to study to become a pediatric physician assistant after high school.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: I have many people in my life who push me to be the best I can be and inspire me every day. The one person I look up to the most, however, is my dad. He is supportive of me on and off the field. He has truly shaped me into the person that I am today and I’m incredibly thankful for that.