Three Fitch standouts headed for next level
By BILL SULLIVAN
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
AUSTINTOWN -- Three of the best girls soccer players in the history of Fitch High -- seniors Jodi Bowlen, Brittney Getz and Kristi Brendlinger -- accepted college scholarships Wednesday.
Bowlen, who holds four school records, will play forward at Youngstown State next fall.
Getz, the second-leading scorer in school history, is headed to Duquesne.
And Brendlinger, who has a 4.0 grade point average, will compete at Malone.
"All three worked hard and were dedicated to the game," Fitch coach Carlo Trafficante said. "They put in their time. Their parents gave them great training. Their hard work paid off."
As a sophomore Bowlen set the Fitch record for goals in a season, 27. As a freshman she established the standard for assists in a year, 11.
She will graduate with the Falcon records for career goals (86) and assists (30).
Despite missing the first part of the year with a broken hand, Bowlen made second-team all-Ohio.
Last fall the Falcons tied Massillon Jackson for the Federal League championship -- their first soccer league championship in 12 years.
Getz moved from forward to midfield as a senior and Trafficante is unsure where she will play at Duquesne.
She is the second-best goal scorer in Fitch history (59 goals) and earned third-team all-state. She was twice all-Federal League and three time all-district.
Getz helped the Falcons post a 12-4-3 record as a senior (5-0-2 Federal League) and a four-year mark of 49-15-11.
As a sophomore Brendlinger played goalie. That was the only time Fitch won a district championship in school history.
Her other three seasons Brendlinger played defense for the Falcons, a position she will likely play at Malone.
Twice an all-Federal League second teamer, Brendlinger is a two-time all-district selection.
In her career she scored 11 goals and collected nine assists. Because of her fine grades, she will attend Malone on a combination academic/athletic scholarship.