Breyer Fenech’s game-winner secures state crown for Williamston

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Standing on the pitch in Michigan State’s Demartin Stadium, Williamston (Mich.) junior forward Breyer Fenech didn’t hesitate. She didn’t even think about it.

“Go White. Go Green!” the Williamston crowd roared.

With 1:20 left on the clock in Saturday’s Division 3 state championship game, Fenech sprinted 40 yards to kick the game-winning goal, and in the blink of an eye, she lifted the Hornets to a 3-2 victory over Unity Christian, earning her JWS Player of the Week honors.

“It was a weird feeling,” Fenech said. “You know you just won the game. It was a lot to take in.”

Fenech recorded eight goals on the season, the third most on her team, to go along with 10 assists. With her dynamic style of play, she helped the Hornets finish the season with a 17-2-1 record.

She traditionally plays center forward, but in the state championship game, she rotated into the midfield, a position she played only one other time this season. While it intensified an already stressful situation, she tried not to psych herself out.

“She should have the nickname ‘Clutch,’” coach Steve Horn said. “She just scores big goals. She sets up big goals.”

In addition to her prowess on the soccer pitch, Fenech is a force to be reckoned with on the lacrosse field as well. During the lacrosse season, which runs concurrent to soccer, the midfielder led the team with 38 goals, 11 more than the next highest scorer.

Fenech began playing soccer in first grade, and a few years later, she discovered a love for lacrosse. Since then, she’s played both sports.

“I just loved playing. I wasn’t driven by, ‘I need to be the best,’” she said. “This is what I do for stress relief.”

Fenech has always dreamed of playing college lacrosse. Years ago, she made it a goal, and in the fall of 2023, she’ll do just that. Fenech has committed to play at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

When she steps onto the UMBC campus, she’ll officially say goodbye to soccer. But for now, she’ll enjoy the time she has left — a dual athlete, basking in her state championship win.