CINCINNATI – They had to drive nearly eight hours and 470 miles to figure out they had a lot in common.
Gabrielle Brokamp of Walnut Hills High School and Morgan Terry of Glen Este will soon be sophomores on the UAB women’s soccer team. Both had astronomical grade point averages and came to Birmingham, Ala., for the medical community and to major in biomedical sciences.
Likewise, teammate Meredith Schertzinger from Summit Country Day is a sophomore defender who earned high academic honors and is majoring in biology at UAB.
Of the three, Schertzinger logged the most playing time with 1,134 minutes in 14 minutes playing in back on defense for the Blazers. Brokamp was in seven games and Terry missed time due to an ankle injury.
All three also play for the Kings Hammer Academy club team.
Highlighting the season away from the field, Brokamp and Terry were recognized on the Presidential Honor Roll for their 4.0 grade point averages over their 2014-15 freshman year. Including Schertzinger, all have succeeded despite very demanding schedules.
In particular, the biomedical science major is so difficult, an adviser told Brokamp not to take chemistry and biology during the fall soccer season. Sticking by her Walnut Hills preparation, Brokamp took on the “twin terrors” and kicked it in.
“That major requires a lot of labs and tough classes,” Brokamp said. “We’re definitely the outcasts on our team.”
Chimed in Terry, “We’re the bookworms!”
Both are in Honors College on a Pre-Med track.
“We both have pretty much the same life plan,” Terry said. “We both want to go to medical school and we’re both interested in going into dermatology.”
Added Brokamp, “Their research opportunities are awesome. UAB’s centered around medicine and science.”
Gabrielle Brokamp is in an specialized honors group of Science and Technology. The Dean of the honors college stopped her in the middle of the crosswalk at the end of last school year to tell her what she had accomplished was truly amazing.
During the season, the Blazers practice at 7 a.m. before the blazing Birmingham sun reaches scrambled egg-on-the-sidewalk level. Coming from the Midwest, the heat and humidity was a test.
“It was definitely a wake-up call, getting used to the weather,” Brokamp said.
Said Terry, “About a week into the preseason you’re going straight to the ice bath to get away from the heat.”
In high school, Terry and Brokamp competed in the same league in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference, while Schertzinger played in the Miami Valley Conference. The two played different positions, were never matched up.
Now, Brokamp is slated to join Terry and Schertzinger on defense on a very young UAB team.
“We’re kind of re-rostering,” Terry said. “We have a new coach and he’s just starting recruiting sessions. We had a lot of freshman that actually played because it was one of the first recruiting classes that the coach made.”
UAB won two games last August, three in September, but were winless in October to finish 5-10-2.
“We did really well before we went to conference (Conference USA),” Brokamp said. “Then our first two conference games, we knocked out two of the best two teams in the league (Texas-San Antonio and Texas-El Paso).”
The trio of Southwest Ohio soccer standouts have a little time off, but are due on the field by the end of the month.
“We report July 28 and have a month of two-a-days and conditioning,” Terry said. “We play a couple preliminary matches and then we go into conference.”
The girls aren’t scheduled home until Thanksgiving when they will have earned their feast with all of their legwork and commendable schoolwork.