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Girls’ Soccer: Randall signs with Regis

by Joey Crandall

Douglas High senior Brianna Randall had a pretty good idea what college she wanted to attend by the end of last spring.

Still, she hadn’t seen the school’s soccer team play, she hadn’t seen the school in session and she just wasn’t completely sure. Yet.

Randall visited the campus of Regis University in Denver last September and every remaining reservation disappeared.

She gave a firm verbal commitment then and made it official Wednesday, signing a national letter of intent to play for the Regis Rangers, who compete in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

“I fell in love with it when I went,” Randall said. “The campus was so pretty and nice. The coach knows so much about soccer and it was just a great fit for me. It’s right outside of downtown Denver, you can go out and the Rockies are right there. And the team plays great soccer.”

Indeed. The Rangers ranked as high as No. 16 in the country last year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Coach J.B. Belzer was named the conference coach of the year while six of his players earned all-conference honors.

Randall, the three-time reigning Sierra League Goalkeeper of the Year and state’s all-time leader in career shutouts (31), becomes the third keeper on the Rangers roster behind a senior and a junior.

“Bri provides competition and depth to our strong goalkeeping corps,” Belzer said. “Her Nevada state record for shutouts gives her confidence to compete for minutes her freshman year.”

Randall said she started hearing from Regis after playing in a showcase in Denver last spring.

She gave a soft verbal heading into the summer after visiting the campus but affirmed her decision in the fall after her official visit.

“I really liked the class size and there was a lot of student-teacher interaction,” said Randall, who carries a 4.4 GPA at Douglas. “Right now, I’m undecided on a major. Part of me wants to do something in education and the other part wants to do something in psychology. They have both programs there, so I’ll take some general ed and make a decision later.”

Randall said she intends to run track this spring to help her conditioning for the next level and will workout with a goalkeeping coach on the side.

“I’m just trying to be prepared enough to be competitive once I get there,” she said. “It’ll be a hard-enough transition, so I want to try to gain as much of an advantage as possible with my conditioning.”

Randall said she also wanted to thank her parents, her brother and all of her coaches and teammates along the way, noting Douglas High coaches Lorraine Fitzhugh and Kelli Day, club coaches Tim Dry, Owen Blake and Steve Walsh, among others.

Another Douglas soccer senior, Katie Dry, is expected to sign with Division I Wake Forest next week.