By Kyle LoJacono
Look up any goals record for Steinbrenner girls soccer, and the same name is at the top of every category — Alexis Bredeau.
The senior forward picked up the record for goals in a game by scoring six in the season’s opener Oct. 29 against Clearwater Central Catholic (CCC) and set the all-time mark with her 79th career tally against Alonso Dec. 21.
Bredeau captured the last bit of Warriors’ glory by setting the program’s single-season goals record by scoring her 34th in her final high school game Jan. 23 off a header at Lakeland George Jenkins in the regional semifinals, which the Eagles won 5-2.
Bredeau, who ends her high school career with 89 goals and a program-record 228 points, past current University of Tampa forward Cici Gonzalez for all four marks.
Bredeau’s record-setting season got stuck in neutral after the offensive explosion in the season opener. She scored only three goals in the five games following the six put up against CCC.
Things turned around against Robinson Nov. 30 when the Warriors had only 12 players because of injury, illness and kids away at showcase tournaments.
Bredeau picked up a pair of goals in the contest and added 23 more in the final 13 games.
“Going into the Robinson game I knew the team needed me to perform,” Bredeau said. “The pressure was there. I have to do it. When I did, I just thought I could do it then, why can’t I do it every game?”
Goals have followed Bredeau like no other in Steinbrenner (14-6) history, but she wasn’t just a scoring machine.
She also led her squad with 19 assists this season, ending her career with 54.
“It doesn’t matter to me if I score or not,” Bredeau said. “Whatever helps my team the most. If the team needs me to give an assist or score, that’s what I’m looking to do. I just go with the flow.”
The season follows a year when Bredeau had only eight goals and six assists.
“There were some rough times,” Bredeau said. “Things haven’t always gone the way I wanted, but I’ve been so honored to be a part of this team.”
Bredeau said the rebound year was a big confidence booster as she prepares to play at the University of North Florida. She will sign with the Ospreys Feb. 6, National Signing Day.
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