Shifting into first

Q&A Brittany Cassell, Harford Tech soccer

October 21, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

Senior goalie Brittany Cassell has helped the Harford Tech girls soccer team become one of the county's biggest surprise teams this fall. The Cobras went from being one of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference's worst last year to clinching the Susquehanna Division championship Monday with a 4-1 victory over Edgewood.

Cassell, in her second year as a starter, has been a soccer player since elementary school. She also loves working on cars. She is the only girl in the Automotive Technology program at Harford Tech and spends about half of each day at school working on cars.

She has a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Her career dreams include possibly being a crime scene investigator. She'd also like to go to Villa Julie next year and play soccer. For now, though, Cassell is hoping her Cobras can surprise a few more people, starting with this week's UCBAC championship match with Fallston.

When did you get interested in cars?

I have been interested in cars since I was a young child. Seeing cars on the road and on the highway got me interested. We had an old broken-down mo-ped that I was working on through middle school, and when I got to high school, I began working on actual cars.

How much grief do you get as the only girl in the Automotive Technology program?

I don't get grief so much as respect because it's such a nonfemale-oriented career. I heard some stuff at first, but it kind of died off once they understood that I was serious.

What's the best thing about being in the program?

It's very hands-on because we actually fix cars. I really like that. It varies by job. Oil changes take less than an hour; bigger jobs will take days. I like to see different ones because it gives you more unique experiences and not the same one every day.

How did you wind up at Harford Tech?

I was interested initially in the automotive tech area, and I applied and got in. My parents were fine with it. They were surprised, but they stood behind my decision.

Did you ever expect your soccer team to do so well this season?

No, because our team is from a technical high school, and people aren't there for athletics; they're there for things they want to do in life. We got a bunch of new freshmen, and they helped bring up the team and add to the skill we already had, and everything changed.

How much confidence does your team have at this point in the season?

At this point we have a lot of confidence, especially since we just won first place in our division. I think if we put our minds to it, I think we can take it pretty far. The past three years I've been at this school, we haven't gotten anywhere in regionals or anything. We also have a lot more fans at our games. At our Edgewood game last night, it was 7 p.m. and we had a lot of people there.

How much fun has it been for your team this season?

It makes it a lot more fun to win. This year we're having fun and getting somewhere. We're building as a team. At tryouts, I saw we had skill. We had a play day a week or so after tryouts. We did really well that day.

What are your thoughts on playing soccer in college?

I hope to play there. I really enjoy being a goalie. I like the pressure that you have and the adrenaline that it gives you, and the way it pumps you up if you make a great save.

What's in your iPod right now?

The same rock music to get me pumped up. I got a little older rock music. I've got some Queen in there. "We Are The Champions" and "We Will Rock You." I have some new rock, too. I have some Pat Benatar there also.

What do you like to watch on TV?

I like CSI, obviously. I also like a lot of cartoons, just to be silly sometimes.

When high school is done, what will you remember the most?

It will probably be a mixture between the athletics and the good time me and my friends had. It makes it a lot better going to school knowing you'll have something you'll enjoy doing once you get there.

What do your female friends think of your interest in fixing cars?

They think it's pretty cool. They ask me to help them out with their cars if something's going wrong.

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