Burger King Outstanding Student Athlete: Penn's Brooke VanDyck
After winning the state title in 2016 the Penn Girls Soccer team began this year as the number one ranked team in the nation.
Junior midfielder Brooke Van Dyck stands out on a team loaded with talent.
"From the day she stepped onto our practice field for her freshman year, we knew right away she was going to be one of our top players here. Her first touch is as good as you'll see. When she runs at kids with the ball at her foot, she terrifies other teams. Because she attacks other teams with the ball at her foot, faster than any player that I've ever seen,” said Coach Jeff Hart.
VanDyck has led the Kingsmen to two consecutive undefeated regular seasons
"Brooke is the quarterback for us on the team. She's right in the middle of the field, a high school All-American type player, she makes things go. Everything we do in our attack, it goes through Brooke,” Hart said.
"I think I actually like to do the drills. You know some sports you don't feel like doing the drills, working as hard, but I just love it. I think it's really good because I have a competitive spirit so I take everything super seriously in practices and drills,” VanDyck said.
Along with earning the honor of Team Captain for the past two years, she holds Penn's assist record.
She has started 50 out of 52 games, earned the first team all-league, district, state and an All-American recognition as well.
Just before her Junior year began, she committed to the University of Notre Dame.
"I think Notre Dame undoubtedly is one of the most prestigious schools throughout the country and I think it fits me perfectly, the style of play they have. And the coaches are unbelievable and I think my experience there is just going to be a dream come true, because home-town girl and I absolutely love it. I've fallen in love with the school,” VanDyck said.
"I think she's going to continue to get better, which is kind of scary, but she wants to be the best,” said Hart.