9 Brittany Sparks
9 Brittany Sparks
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Kennewick, Wash.
High School: Kamiakin HS '06
Position: F
Experience: 3L

2009: Celebrated one of the most successful seasons for any EWU women’s soccer player in history, as she set the school’s single season record for goals (11), points (22) and game winners (3). She also tied Eastern’s career record for goals, as she has now tallied 14 total in her three-year career. Sparks was among the top 10 in the Big Sky Conference in seven different categories, including the best goals per game average of 0.65. Not only was her goals per game average the best in the league, but it also ranked 31st among all NCAA Division I players. She was second in BSC in points (22), points per game (1.22) and total goals (11). Earned All-BSC first-team honors and was selected as Big Sky Player of the Week twice throughout the season. She was also named to the Big Sky All-Academic team for the third time in her career. The junior established her presence early in the season, tallying two goals in EWU’s first game of the year versus McNeese State (Aug. 29). Her second multiple-goal performance came against South Dakota (Sept. 27), as she notched the first and fourth goals of the game, both of which were unassisted. Sparks had a six-game scoring streak from Sept. 13-Oct. 16. During that time, she recorded one of her three game-winning goals of the season against Idaho State (Oct. 11), which moved the Eagles to 2-0 in conference play for the first time in school history.

2008: After an outstanding season with the Eagles, Sparks earned All-Big Sky second team accolades. She also performed well in the classroom and was rewarded for her efforts there with Big Sky All-Academic honors. Sparks tied for second on the team in goals with two. She also had a pair of assists to tie for the team lead. Her six points placed her second on the squad. Sparks finished off the campaign on a hot streak, as five of those points were earned in the final two contests of the season. Her earlier assist came on EWU’s first score of an impressive 2-1 road win over South Dakota State, a team that would advance to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Then, in the penultimate game of the season, she got on the scoreboard by tallying Eastern’s goal in a 1-0 win over Northern Colorado. In that contest, Sparks contributed four shots, two on goal and another that went off the cross bar. In the final game of the campaign, she tied Eastern’s wild contest with Montana at 1-1 when she collided with the visiting goalkeeper and, in the process, got her foot on the ball to toe-poke it across the line. She then earned an assist on the following goal that gave Eastern a 2-1 lead in a game the team ultimately won in overtime, 3-2.

2007: Utilized redshirt season.

2006: Earned Big Sky All-Academic accolades. Saw action in all 19 games, earning starts in nine of those. Scored her first-career goal against Boise State (Sept. 8) and was credited with her first career assist on the game-winning goal versus Long Beach State (Sept. 22). Took 21 total shots during her freshman campaign.

High School: Sparks competed on the varsity soccer, basketball and track and field teams all four years at Kamiakin High School. Her senior year as a soccer player, she was named the Most Valuable Player of the Big 9 Conference and earned first team All-State accolades. She was also All-Big 9 as a junior. Sparks played club soccer for the Maple Valley Marauders. She helped KHS to a state title in track and field, both as a team and in the 4x200-meter relay.

Personal: Daughter of Bobby and Susan Sparks. Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

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