CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While the Sissonville High School girls soccer team's pair of sophomore scoring machines - Madison Jones and Karli Pinkerton - have earned plenty of headlines, there's another sophomore for the Indians just as crucial.
Goalkeeper Brooke Reed has been outstanding in the net for the Indians and will look to help guide Sissonville to a state title this weekend at the Class AA/A State Tournament.
The top ranked Indians remain unbeaten on the season at 18-0-3 and will play in a semi-final match-up against Fairmont (20-2-1) in Beckley today at 9:30 a.m.
Jones and Pinkerton have put up huge numbers, each scoring 38 goals for the Indians.
"Madison and Karli get all the glory because they score a lot of goals," Sissonville coach Ali Sadeghian said. "It's just not those two, though. Our secret is other players."
Sadeghian raved about Reed, saying she has not yet received the statewide notoriety she should.
"Brooke doesn't get as much attention as she deserves," Sadeghian said. "She has done a fabulous job in goal. We are a good team and when our biggest game was on the line, she was our star player."
Sadeghian was referring to last week's regional championship game, when the Indians finally got over the hump and past nemesis Charleston Catholic, 2-0. Reed and the Sissonville defense turned in the only shutout against Catholic all season.
"That was a tremendous accomplishment by Brooke in goal," Sadeghian said.
"The key to our success has been defense along with Courtney Strobel, Taylor Legg, Abbey Jordan and Alexa Adams.
Reed was very proud of the accomplishment keeping the potent Irish offense off the board and getting the victory over Catholic.
"It was a relief to finally knock off Catholic," Reed said. "I play travel ball with those girls. It was really good competition for us and made us a lot better as a team.
"I'm really proud of my defense in help getting that shutout. They have done a tremendous job this season. I count on them a lot back in goal."
Reed is one of the top goalies in not just the area, but the entire state. The sophomore has recorded shutouts in 12 of Sissonville's 23 games this season.