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In a Fix, McMahon Calls on Brit

Brit Brim had never played goalie. There she was on Thursday night, though, after a strange turn of events led to her being named the starting goalie for the Brien McMahon girls soccer team against defending state champion, Westhill High. The Vikings came again and again—and could not get it past Brim for the first 60 minutes. Westhill finally broke through midway through the second half to win 2-0. Even though she usually plays forward, Brim put in an effort that made it seem she had been playing goalie her whole life.

"To tell you the truth, I didn't even know [Westhill] was state champions until after they scored the first goal," Brim said. "Somebody finally told me, and I was like, 'Oh my God.' I knew I just had to give it my all and take one for Brien McMahon."

It was a perfect storm of circumstances for Brim to be in net at all. Starting goalie Kelly McFarlin went down with a broken toe in practice this week, and backup goalie Sabrina Echeverry was away for a weekend boot camp at West Point through the school's junior ROTC program. That left head coach Nicole Stockfisch with few options, but she knew of Brim's defensive skills on the school's basketball team.

"Brittany's never been anywhere near the goal, ever, and she looked like she's been playing there for a long time," Stockfisch said. "We have to put this in perspective for us. This was a successful night for us, holding them as long as we did. Brittany's a great kid and whatever you ask her to do, she'll do. She played phenomenally."

Brim provided the highlight of the night in the closing seconds of the first half when she made a diving save and got back up to make two more saves off the rebounds. Brim was mobbed by her teammates after the game as if they had just won a championship.

"I think I'd like to try this goalie thing again," Brim said with a beaming grin.

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