Troy High grad earns All-State selection for soccer play

By: Mark Vest | Troy Times | Published July 9, 2019

 Recent Troy High graduate Tahra Brodbine was selected All-State for her play this past season.

Recent Troy High graduate Tahra Brodbine was selected All-State for her play this past season.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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TROY — After completing her senior soccer season for Troy High this past June, Tahra Brodbine received a call from her coach, Dan Troccoli.

Brodbine said she thought she had done something wrong, but it was quite the opposite.

“He was like, ‘Tahra, do you hear this weird noise in the background?’” Brodbine remembered. “I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, what is that?’ He’s like, ‘It’s my printer. You (want to) know what I’m printing?’ I was like, ‘What?’ He’s like, ‘Your first team All-State certificate.’ … It was really shocking. I didn’t expect that call at all.”

After making the third team last year, Brodbine was a first team selection for her play this past season.

“It’s really a big deal,” Brodbine said. “It was really cool to be able to do that. I didn’t really expect it either, so it’s kind (of) surprising.”

According to Brodbine, she had 15 goals and 11 assists on the season.

Troccoli said it’s a “well-deserved honor.”

“She was a great leader; she was a captain,” Troccoli said. “And also on the field, she commanded (the) attention of our opponents, which allowed us to incorporate the whole team into the attack, because everybody was kind of focused on her. And even though they were focused on her, she was still able to perform to a first team All-State level, which is quite impressive.”

Brodbine’s talent helped earn her a spot at the NCAA Division I level. She’s set to play for Purdue University Fort Wayne, which is located in Indiana.

Brodbine doesn’t intend to wait too long before making an impact at the next level. She said she hopes to be able to “be a game-changer right off the bat, freshman year.”

“I (want to) go in and continue to score goals and control the midfield,” Brodbine said.

Brodbine was born and raised in Troy, so the prospect of living in a different state is an appealing one.

“I’m super excited about that,” she said. “I think it’ll be filled with new experiences and new opportunities that I didn’t really get to see growing up in the same spot. It’ll be difficult not being close to my family and friends, but I’m more excited than I am nervous.”

The adventures that could await Brodbine are unlike any others that she has experienced at the high school level.

“I’m super excited to go and travel to some places I’ve never been,” she said. “We’ll be playing teams from across the country. And then I’m really excited to see how my personal game will change. … I’m excited to learn new things through my teammates and my coaches. It’ll be really fun to make new friends, also.”

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