Even though she didn’t show it, Blue Springs South forward Brie Severns was battling injuries throughout the 2019 girls soccer season.
She was experiencing hip pain while she was playing and there were times she had to ask head coach Todd Findley to exit the game.
“She missed a little bit of action, but not a lot,” Findley said.
After visiting the doctor when the season was over, she was diagnosed with an anterior labrum tear, hip dysplasia and an impingement. She will have surgery on July 19.
Even while battling those ailments, Severns still had a standout season. The junior scored 24 goals and dished out five assists as she was named to the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association Class 4 all-state first team. Because of her outstanding season, Severns is the 2019 Examiner Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
“To have the season she did this year, following what she did last year is unbelievable,” Findley said. “A huge part of our success is due to Brie’s play.”
Severns liked how her season went, but said she felt there was room for improvement.
“I was happy with (my season), but I felt like I could have done better,” Severns said. “But I felt like my injury was definitely setting me back. I did the best I could though.”
She said her injuries affected her more mentally than physically.
“It affected my mindset,” Severns said. “It didn’t give me the assurance that I could play to the best of my ability. It set me back a little bit.
“The pain in my hip started three years ago, but this year, it started to get worse. One major problem was shooting. I had to push past it and go through pain.”
That didn’t deter her from having a stellar season, though. She had some help from her teammates. Severns, who verbally committed to the University of Kansas as a sophomore, was man-marked fewer times in 2019 than she had the previous season. That’s because talented goal scorers like Khaliana Garrett, Maddie Rosenblum and Logan Abernathy also emerged as scoring threats for the Jaguars. That helped open things up for Severns.
“Our younger girls stepped up to the challenge,” Severns said. “It helped having them because they were good and helped take the pressure off me. I got more opportunities when opposing teams saw they could score.”
Added Findley: “Other teams didn’t double-team her much. If they did, they’d have to contend with Khaliana Garrett, Maddie Rosenbloom, Kennedi Hooks and Logan Abertnathy. Those other players helped (Severn’s) game out I believe.”
It also helps that Severns was a strong all-around player.
“I can pinpoint one thing that makes her a strong player,” Findley said. “She’s good at everything. She’s as fast as anyone on the field. She’s tall and she’s long. When I think about winning headers in the air, Brie is as good as anyone on the field. If I think about ball striking with the right foot and left foot, she’s better or stronger than anyone on the field.
“All of those things together, just makes her a weapon in many different scenarios.”
Her competitive nature also made her a dangerous attacker.
“If you don’t know Brie that well, she can sometimes seem a little standoffish and a little grumpy,” Findley said. “The reason she seems that way sometimes because she wants to win. She wants to win more than anyone on the field.”
Severns said she should be able to resume soccer activities about three months after her surgery and won’t be back to 100 percent until November or December. She said she should be ready for her senior season next spring.
Severns said a major goal of hers is to break the career goals record held by Nina Stine with 68. Severns needs just eight to break it.
“My hip injury could set me back or I could excel and do better than I did last season,” Severns said.
Findley certainly has confidence in his all-stater.
“I don’t see why she couldn’t break that record,” Findley said. “She has a puncher’s chance. She takes those goals seriously. It fuels her fire.”