Blayne Fink isa student and soccer player at Cosby High School, located in Midlothian, Va., outside of Richmond. Fink talks about her experience of the road to becoming 2012 Virginia State Champions.
My school is only 7 years old and already is making history in both academics and athletics. In 2012, Cosby was the winner of the state’s Wells Fargo Cup given to the winningest team in the state based on wins, records and titles.
I am a member of the girls soccer team and seven of the current seniors came on the team as freshmen. But prior to that, this group played together on the Richmond Kickers club team and have grown up together.
Our freshman year, our team made it to the state finals for the first time in Cosby history. We lost that game, but the girls and the entire team never lost the passion to wear a state ring. That feeling was something we never wanted to feel again, and we were determined to one day become state champs in girls soccer.
We had experienced that joy of being state champs as most of us were on the Kickers team that won the Virginia State Cup when we were just 11 years old. We went so far as to pledge to forgo a purchase of our high school rings, and told our families we were saving that money for a state championship ring, that we would win during our time at Cosby.
Last spring, the Cosby girls soccer team, with just two seniors, and the remaining underclassmen tallied an impressive record of 23-0-1 and for the first time in Virginia history, brought home a girls soccer state championship to the Central District.
We won both the regional and state championship in overtime resulting in penalty kicks. Many of my Class of 2013 classmates have committed to play at the D-I level in soccer at schools such as Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Longwood and Virginia Military Institute. As a matter of fact, these players – combined with their travel teammates – total nine girls going to play D-I from one travel team.
We had a goal after the agony of defeat my freshman year, and that was to bring home the trophy and a state championship. I am so proud to be a part of the 2012 Virginia state champions. Over the last four seasons, the team’s seniors (Tessa Broadwater, Gina D’Orazio, Blayne Fink, Kelly Kampfmueller, Emma Manis, Jayden Metzger and Lizzy Patrick) have amassed a record of 69-6-3, with one of those losses coming in the state finals and one in the regional semifinal.
Our record now includes four Dominion District regular-season titles, four Dominion District tournament titles, two regional titles, two state finals and one AAA state championship.
And we all have a ring to prove it!