Bri Wills is a lot like thousands of other high school seniors across the country, trying to finish her prep career in preparation for college.
Wills still has many goals she wants to accomplish as a Davidson Day student in the next few months.
After scoring 58 goals as a junior for the Patriots last year, Wills is on pace to break her own school and Mecklenburg County scoring record, having scored 32 times in the team's nine games.
"Last year, my focus was just to score as many goals as possible," said Wills. "This year, I'm motivated 100 percent by trying to get our team to a state championship. I am much more focused on the 'we' goals, not just the 'me' goals."
While her goals may have changed, the results have been similar, as Wills has sparked her Davidson Day squad to their best start in school history at 6-3 and propelled the Patriots to the No. 2 spot in the state coaches' poll (as of March 30).
Wills has been as good as advertised, exploding for eight goals in 12-0 win against Covenant Classical, seven goals in a 10-0 victory over Kings Mountain and most recently five scores in a 9-0 win against Raleigh Trinity Academy.
While some people want to give all the credit to Wills, she is quick to point the finger towards her team.
"I couldn't do any of this without my teammates and coaches," she said. "Every game, we depend on each other to do what it takes to win. Coach (Chad) Metzler has been a big part of our success. He has pushed me very hard and has a lot to do with where I am today."
Metzler, who is in his third year as the girls' soccer coach at Davidson Day, has seen his Patriots get progressively better every year. Davidson Day went 0-11 in its first season as a program, before going 10-6-1 last season, when they advanced all the way to the NCISAA 1A state quarterfinals before falling to Greenfield School.
This year, Metzler and company not only return Wills, but also have added five young, but seasoned, club players to the mix. Sophomores Maddy Clark, Ciara Murphy, Caitlyn Rodriguez and Maria Woodrow, as well as freshman Max Foster, have all played key roles in the Patriots' success, while all-state center back Katy Leonard, a senior, will also be a critical contributor.
"Every team knows about Bri and what she can do," said Metzler, who has coached Wills in club soccer since she was 12 years old. "But this year's team is a lot different. We have a lot more than just Bri."
Despite the pressure Wills has and will continue to face all year, she seems to be unscathed.
"She has gotten used to two, three, even four players on her," said Metzler. "But she is so explosive and so quick with the ball at her feet that she still gets through the traffic a lot of times. It's very hard to keep her from getting to the goal."
While Wills attempts to lead her team to a state title, she can draw from experience as a standout with Mooresville-based Lake Norman Soccer Club. Wills will play at Appalachian State next year. She said she's excited about that opportunity.
"This has been a dream of mine for a long time," said Wills. "Appalachian has been my number one school with or without soccer all along."
Wills knows that college soccer will be a big test with 15 other incoming freshman in her class. She is looking forward to the challenge.
When Bri Wills set a goal, it usually ends up in the back of the net.