Dec. 18, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Boise State women's soccer senior Brooke Heidemann was named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team. The award is yet another milestone for Heidemann who becomes the first all-region honoree in program history.
"You're talking about a legend," said head coach Jim Thomas. "You're talking about arguably the best Bronco to have ever put on a Boise State soccer shirt. For a program that's starting to build a bigger and bigger history, that's a massive statement."
The NSCAA Pacific Region is comprised of the 35 schools in the Big Sky, Mountain West and Pacific-12 Conferences.
As a senior this past season, Heidemann served as a team captain and led the Broncos in every offensive statistical category. She tallied 17 points on six goals and five assists, including three game-winning goals. The Meridian, Idaho, native took 50 shots for the Broncos, putting 27 of them on target.
Heidemann was named first-team All-Mountain West last month, her fourth first-team selection. She is the third student-athlete in Mountain West history to earn first-team honors four times in Mountain West history (Amanda Feigt, Utah, 2003-06; Kate Larkin, BYU, 2005-08).
"If it's not statistical it's very hard for people to grasp," Thomas said. "What she does is not really counted. The goals that she scores, when she scores, are worth 10 goals. They're so pivotal not just to game, but to a season. That's kind of the story of her career: poignant goals, influences on games that you can't stop. She's gone through periods where they've put three players on her. She's influenced the game enough for you to sacrifice three players to the power of one. To be honest, she's still found a way to be effective in those games. It takes that kind of influence to get this kind of acknowledgement."
For her career, Heidemann scored 23 goals and added 11 assists for a total of 57 points. She logged 6,946 minutes on the field, the most by a midfielder in school history. In addition to being named All-Mountain West First Team each of the last four seasons, Heidemann was the 2012 MW Freshman of the Year.
"Talk about carrying the weight of a city on your back, everybody here knew her," Thomas said of Heidemann who grew up in the Treasure Valley and is the daughter of two Boise State alums. "Everybody came to watch her play. Her senior day was unbelievable. We barely had enough room in the facility to house everyone who came out. It really did feel like half of Boise was inside the Boas complex. She walks out to the halfway line to receive her flowers and photo and there's this entourage that comes by that couldn't get on to the field by the time she was out there. It was like a bride's train that was too long for the aisle. To carry that kind of weight and perform the way she did, with the kind of dignity and grace that she did, it's awesome that's being acknowledged. But it is tremendously rare. We've had great players and record breakers, but they haven't achieved what a kid like Brooke Heidemann has. She's truly a special kid and you just have to spend a minute with her and you'll figure that out. It's stuff that you can't coach. It's a rare, unicorn-like quality that you enjoy while you have it and you're constantly searching to replace. She truly is a Bronco great."