Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tallahassee Democrat: Dream comes true for Eclipse Select's Brockmeier

Caroline Brockmeier -- Democrat photo
By Jim Henry
Democrat writer

Caroline Brockmeier has developed into one of the country's top youth soccer players. The sophomore goalie at Chiles High was invited to a national select camp two years ago and actually plays club soccer in Chicago. Established collegiate programs have started to express interest.

Impressive, yes.

But a dream came true over the weekend when Brockmeier earned an invitation to the U15 Girls National Team Camp next month in Carson, Calif. Thirty position players and two to four goalies will be vying for spots on the final roster during the week-long camp.

"It has been a goal of mine for a long time and I've always dreamed of doing it," said Brockmeier, who recently turned 15. "I've always worked hard, but I am going to work 10 times harder trying to get fit and ready and being the best I can when I get into camp."

Brockmeier plans to rely on her experiences to help in her preparation. Her Eclipse Select Club in Chicago travels and faces some of the country's best competition. Brockmeier also learned plenty when she attended the national select camp in Oregon with more than 70 age-group players also recognized for their skills and talents.


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