MIDLOTHIAN – Like most everyone else in the Metroplex, the last few days have been especially frustrating for Brie Munoz. School has been canceled. Soccer games have been postponed. And then, to top it all off, the school’s signing day celebration had to be pushed back.
On Monday, Munoz got a chance to get her mind back on the right track, starting with signing the paperwork to play for Ouachita Baptist University’s soccer program next season.
“It’s relieving. Finally getting it over with and moving on in high school,” Munoz said with a laugh.
Munoz follows older brother Kort to the collegiate level. The former Panther is playing at Virginia Military Institute this season as a freshman.
Known as one of the most staunch defenders in the area, Munoz has risen from young player looking to help the veterans to leader taking control of the Lady Panther program. Last season, Munoz earned second team all-district honors for her defensive effort.
This year, she’s been counted on to help key the defense and be a vocal leader for the girls program. Five Division I players and a slew of other seniors from last year’s team are long gone and Midlothian has made the move to 5A, leaving the transition process in the hands of players like Munoz. Thus far, the senior has lived up to expectations.
In nine games this season, the Lady Panthers are 4-3-3 with 11 goals allowed. While that might sound like quite a few, eight of those came in two games. In the eight other outings, the team has held its opponent to one goal or less with five shutouts, including four in the last five games. During that span, the team has gone 3-0-2.
A large part of that success has been Munoz’s defense and leadership, both of which first-year varsity girls coach Sid Danner have come to count on. The signing is just proof that her hard work isn’t going unnoticed.
“It’s great for her because she’s put in the work. When a kid puts in the work with us and the club and she gets recognized at the next level it’s just a great accomplishment by Brie,” Danner said.
Defense is Munoz’s specialty but she’s been known to find her way into the scoring column as well. She did have one goal last season and did have a shootout attempt go just wide earlier this season.
Keeping opponents out of the net figures to be her role at the college level and Ouachita appears to be a place Munoz is ready to showcase just what she can do. The senior was spotted by the Lady Tiger coaching staff at a select tournament and decided to take a visit and see what the program was all about. Shortly thereafter, Munoz was sure she’d found the right place to be. Signing that letter of intent was the final step in getting to college and the first step in refocusing her attention to the season at-hand.
“I went and visited the college and just loved everything about it. I just felt like I could call it home for the next four years and be comfortable about it,” Munoz said.