A-Sun Insider: Brown's Focus Key to FGCU Success

FGCU has been setting program records all throughout the 2014 season. Most of the program-bests involve offensive statistics and scoring milestones. That leaves FGCU goalkeeper Brittany Brown to have one of the best and quietest years of her collegiate career.

Brown, a junior, started the year with top honors as she was voted to the Preseason All-Conference Team and was the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. Brown has not disappointed, holding the best numbers in the conference for GAA and save percentage.

For Brown, she appreciates having the top-scoring offense and one of the best backlines in the A-Sun in front of her. 

"It makes my job a lot easier," joked Brown. "They are all great in front of me. You can't ask for much more. My job is to stay on my toes and come through with the save."

However, it does not change how she prepares mentally for each match. Her maturation at FGCU for Brown has been the key to her success.

"I would say when I was younger it was more difficult to prepare," reminisced Brown. "I've grown so much here with the help of Erin (Switalski) and Jim (Blankenship). I just have to make sure I stay fully focused."

Brown's focus as FGCU's keeper makes it easier for A-Sun Coach of the Year Jim Blankenship and he realizes how much a strong goalkeeper means to a team's success.

"She's been rock solid for us. There's not a ton of opportunities she faces," mentioned Blankenship. "She's been more than up to the task. In the most crucial of moments, she can be counted on for this team."

Brown continues to crawl up the A-Sun record books, posting multiple successful seasons with FGCU, but that does not mean this year is different.

"The maturity is the biggest thing," stated Brown. "From the beginning in freshman year to now, I feel more confident, smarter about the game."

FGCU takes on Kennesaw State in the A-Sun Championship Final at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Brown will be ready for anything and when asked about feeling any weight on her shoulders to perform, "I like the pressure. I really like it."

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