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Berkeley Prep soccer player Bryane Heaberlin, one of the top goalkeepers in the nation, will not play high school soccer her senior season, Buccaneers coach Ken Roberts said Friday.
Heaberlin, who is heading to play at women's soccer power North Carolina, is on pace to graduate from Berkeley Prep in December and plans to enroll in college in January to get a jump start on school and her college soccer career.
“She has our support in her decision,” Roberts said in a text message.
She was a Parade All-American following her sophomore season and the youngest player on the US U-20 World Cup team over the summer of 2010 in Germany.
Heaberlin, who turns 18 next week, was the starting goalkeeper for the US Women’s U-17 National team in the 2010 CONCACAF qualifying tournament, where she allowed zero goals in five matches.
In that tournament, she gained national recognition after for hugging the goalkeeper of the Haitian national team, which was playing in the tournament despite the island nation being ravaged by an earthquake that killed thousands, including the team’s coach. She then created her own charity that brought the Haitian National Team to a tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.
Heaberlin has recovered from a broken leg suffered in last year’s district tournament, which kept her from competing with the US Women’s U-20 National Team last offseason, and is currently training to get ready for college, Roberts said.
Berkeley Prep junior Morgan Orobello , who has stepped up for Heaberlin on several occasions while she was training with the national team, will be the Buccaneers starting keeper. She already has two shutouts this preseason – a scoreless draw with Palm Harbor U. and a 1-0 win over Countryside.
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