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Somers Senior Captain Was a Presence in the Middle

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Amanda Brugger dribbles near the sideline against Brewster.
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Somers senior Amanda Brugger was a midfielder and team captain on the varsity girls soccer team.

How old were you when you started playing soccer and how did you get started?

I started playing soccer when I was 7, right after I moved to Somers. My best friend’s dad was the coach, and told me I had to play for him now that I lived in Somers.

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The team had a strong season, winning the league title and reaching the section semifinals. How did you feel about the season overall?

After losing the amount of talent that we did, I had no idea what to expect. We really started to come together by the second half of the season and finished the season very strong.

What do you think are your strengths as a soccer player?

Being a strong presence in the middle and distributing the ball pretty well.

What will you miss the most about playing soccer for Somers?

I will miss stepping out on the Somers turf every day with the people that I grew up with.

As a senior captain on the team, how much did you value being a leader?

Since my freshman year I made it my goal to be a captain when I was a senior, and I achieved my goal, which made being a captain even more special.

What was your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

Listening to music before games on the bus or in (coach Paul) Saia’s room. During sectionals we ate sprinkles before each game, because one of our girls started to do it from the beginning of the season.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My mom, because she has taught me to do everything in life with heart and passion. She has been by my side every step of the way.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I love sushi.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I plan on studying to become a physician assistant, because I want to help people through the medical field.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

I love hearing our playlist before the game because it gets everyone excited to play.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

To teleport so that I can go anywhere in the world.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would visit South Africa because I have always wanted to go on a safari.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

My favorite food before a game is chicken cutlet combo from Cardillo’s.

Best place to eat around Somers and why?

Il Forno, because they have the best Italian food in town.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram, because it’s the best way to share special moments with the people I am close to.

For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the soccer program and why should they go out for the team?

Playing soccer for Somers High School is one of the best experiences you will have in high school. You are able to play the sport you love with your lifetime friends.

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