Hughesville’s Snyder stays optimistic despite injury

Hughesville senior forward Brittany Snyder was a 2012 Heartland Conference First Team All-Star, she was recruited and played for the Northern Union Soccer Club, and at the beginning of her senior season she had hopes of being added to the 50 goal club.

Those hopes fell short when she broke her collarbone on Sept. 16 against Mount Carmel. The injury happened when Snyder was against three Mount Carmel defenders, she eluded the first two defenders but the third defender took out her legs and Snyder landed awkwardly on her shoulder, ending her illustrious career.

Snyder came into the season with 38 goals and she was on an impressive tear, scoring nine goals in her first six games, ending her career with 47 goals. Snyder is still the team’s leading scorer even though she missed the final 12 games.

“Honestly when it happened I couldn’t believe it,” said Snyder. “I just broke down crying because I couldn’t believe that it was actually over for me because I had been looking forward to my senior season because I knew I was going to go out with a bang and I really wanted to have a great season. It was awful because it happened so early but I just kind of have to accept it and be there for my team.”

Even though Snyder suffered a devastating season-ending injury, she has stayed positive and stayed involved with her team, which plays Mount Carmel at 7 tonight at Balls Mills in the District 4 Class A first round.

“With me being on the sideline it’s kind of like an extra set of eyes,” said Snyder. “Just the way we’re playing and to give them insights on what I’ve seen and what they need to improve on for the 2nd half of the game. So I’ve been doing that, plus encouraging them, speeches, what not. So whatever I can do.”

Even though the Lady Spartans have lost their leading goal scorer and their team leader they’ve still managed to finish the season with a winning record (10-7-1), winning their final four games and qualifying for the playoffs.

The Lady Spartans most impressive win was against the then undefeated Southern Columbia Lady Tigers. Hughesville won that game 2-1 in double-overtime.

Snyder expects her team to play well as the District 4 playoffs begin today.

“I think that we play well when were focused,” said Snyder. “I think that they’re definitely capable of getting through a couple of rounds but it all depends on the conditions and if were actually focused or not because some days we have a good game and other days we won’t play all that well, so it all just depends.”