The Berkeley Prep girls soccer team, one of the favorites to make the state tournament next month at UT, will likely have to do it without one of the county's top goalkeepers.
Bryane Heaberlin has been invited to the U.S. Women's Under-17 team camp in Sunrise in preparation for qualifying for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup later this year in Trinidad and Tobago. The camp will run from Jan. 27 to Feb. 6, which will overlap with the region tournament. The Under-17 team will play the Under-17 German national team three times as it prepares for qualifying in March.
Last year, Heaberlin missed the region quarterfinals while at a U.S. national camp, but flew back to play in the Class 3A region semifinals, then flew back. This year, Berkeley coach Ken Roberts said his team has to be prepared to play three region games without their starting goalkeeper. Freshman backup keeper Morgan Orobello is 3-0 in three starts this season, including a 1-0 shutout of Tampa Prep on Nov. 24.
"It's fantastic for her and a great opportunity," Roberts said of Heaberlin. "We'll be fine. Our backup keeper, Morgan Orobello, has been prepared for this situation. If there's any way for (Heaberlin) to get back I know she would, but we'd hate to have her miss this opportunity."
The Buccaneers (13-4-2) are 12-1-1 in their past 14 games, most recently earning a 3-2 win over Class 5A power Venice.