John Stark senior Brooke Shatney has spent most of her high school soccer career preparing for what’s coming next. The next travel season, the next Futsal game, the next workout, the next goal.
But now that the once-far-fetched idea of what’s next is finally here, “It still hasn’t even hit me yet,” she said.
The future is now for the speedy and versatile forward. And Shatney recently committed to play Division II soccer at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., after leading the Generals to a state championship this season, ending her high school career on the highest of notes.
“That is definitely the highlight for me. I’ve done some pretty cool things but this will be the best memory for sure,” Shatney said of a 4-0 win over No. 5 Oyster River in the D-II title game earlier this month. “I’m still on a high from winning the championship and I’m trying not to think about the fact that my high school career is over.”
Still, she knows there’s adventures ahead that will hopefully provide her with more championship-like moments and that’s why she settled on Assumption.
Shatney led John Stark in scoring three years in a row and finished her career with 55 goals and 49 assists. She earned three First-Team All-State selections and started all but two games throughout her entire Stark career.
Stark Coach Heather Doucette said that what Shatney’s able to do on the field doesn’t even speak for a fraction of who she is off the field.
“Brooke’s senior season is a culmination and reflection of her as both a player and a person. Brooke is a champion on and off the field. Her individual stats exemplify her unmatched skill and talent but what is even more impressive is who she is as a person and teammate,” Doucette said. “Since her freshman year when she initially put on her Stark uniform, she has done nothing but role model what it means to be a member of a team.”
A player like Shatney, who hopes to compete for a spot in the midfield or as a forward at Assumption, knows she can always improve her technical skills, too. She’ll be able to refine those skills with the GPS Elite travel team but she’s most looking forward to an offseason full of Futsal, a variation of indoor soccer that continues to grow in popularity around the world.
“I picked it up freshman year because it is so technical and it makes you work on all of your skills,” said Shatney, who plays out of Derry with Futsal NH and has competed in three international friendlies with the U16 U.S. National Futsal team.
Once the Generals’ season ended, Shatney had to take two weeks off to rest shin splints that affected her late in the year. But “it was a little boring, to be honest,” she said with a laugh as she prepared to get back on the field with her travel team.
Shatney will get to represent Stark one more time – in the Twin State All-Star game July 15 at New England College, right down the road from where her soccer career all started.
Once that game is over with, she’ll be ready to put on the next uniform and continue chasing her next goal.