ESSEX—Futsal may be a sport few have heard of, but for one local high school student it’s her speciality.

Eastern Tech sophomore, Brooke Vanschoorisse, earned the opportunity to represent the U.S. at an international Futsal tournament this summer in Argentina. Futsal is the U.S. version of indoor soccer where 4 people pair off against 4 people from an opposing team.

The Maverick midfielder was the only player from the state of Maryland selected for the girls U.S. under-15 team, which went undefeated during the competitions in Argentina.

Vanschoorisse and her teammates on the under-15 U.S. squad went through both state and national tryouts to earn their respective places on the team. And while the Maverick sophomore was excited to embrace the experience of representing the U.S. on the field, she admitted, “I didn’t realize what a big deal it was until I actually played for the U.S.”

Vanschoorisse’s play at the pivot position showcased her skill as she netted three goals over the course of the tournament helping the U.S. squad finish 3-0, including a 5-3 victory over the Argentina national team. According to Vanschoorisse, the team’s success on the field was matched only by the bonds they made during the time spent together.

“It was really fun. The people we met, my teammates—we got so close so quick. We only had like a week to bond and I felt like I knew them so well.”

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