Brockton senior Morgan Branco notched her 100th career point in Thursday night's 10-0 victory over Taunton, becoming the first girl in school history to reach the 100-point plateau in soccer.
Branco scored two goals Thursday, giving her 77 for her career. Coach Andrea Tassinari, who has known Branco since she was 4 years old, had to remind the modest striker to celebrate a little.
"I told her, ‘This has never been done before, you should be thrilled,' " said Tassinari, who is in her 11th year coaching the Brockton varsity squad. "This is such a special thing, it's a really amazing accomplishment and she's so humble. Tomorrow she'll already be thinking about the next game."
After spending the entirety of her freshman year playing outside back, scoring just three goals in the 2008 season, Branco netted 30 the following year when the coach moved her up top. The 5-foot-7-inch Branco has committed to play at Southern New Hampshire next fall, where she received a full scholarship.
"I try not to be biased, but I think she's going to make an impact there," Tassinari said. "The caliber player she is, her knowledge, skill set, playmaking ability – even if she's not scoring goals, she'll make an impact."
Branco's play and Brockton's 9-1-2 record is giving Tassinari thoughts of advancing further in the state tournament this year than ever before. The Boxers made school history when they made it to the Division 1 South semifinals two years ago. Brockton fell to Dartmouth, 2-0, to end the 2009 season.
"I don't want to get ahead of myself, but this team has as good a chance as any," Tassinari said. "We're on the right track."
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