The Gazette Girls' Soccer Peak Performer: Brianna Alger, Lewis-Palmer

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Photo - Lewis-Palmer's Bri Alger is the Girls Soccer Peak Performer of the Year. She was photographed for a portrait at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site on Saturday June 3, 2017. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette.
Lewis-Palmer's Bri Alger is the Girls Soccer Peak Performer of the Year. She was photographed for a portrait at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site on Saturday June 3, 2017. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette.

For as many times as Lewis-Palmer's Brianna Alger stole the spotlight on the field with her wizardly ball skills and untouched speed, she just as effectively dodged attention off of it.

For her senior year, Alger could've easily worn the "C" on her jersey without debate. After posting more goals than the total of the next three best scorers on the team as a junior and having the most assists while leading the Rangers to a state title, she appeared to be a shoo-in.

She declined, anyway.

"We have positions where you have to try out for captain but I didn't want to do that because I felt like putting myself in the captain role would make me seem in a way superior, even though that's not the captain's role," said Alger, The Gazette Girls' Soccer Peak Performer of the Year. "I just wanted to be on the same level as all my teammates."

It wasn't that Alger didn't want to lead or that she didn't push her team. She led by example.

This spring, she carried the Rangers in the scoring department with 24 goals and 12 assists despite consistently being the focal point of opponent game plans.

In the final game of her high school career, and maybe her best yet, she lifted the Rangers out of a 2-0 deficit in the state quarterfinals against Windsor with a dominant second half that included two goals.

Although eventually losing 3-2 in overtime, it was a fitting end to Alger's storied career.

"She played out of her mind," L-P coach Ryan Parsons said. "Everything in that second half she was doing right. Making the right moves, the right passes, she definitely wanted to win that game."

Alger will play soccer at Washington State.

On Thursday afternoon, she said she was leaving for Pullman, Wash., to take summer classes in order to lighten up the academic load during the season.

She leaves behind an unrivaled legacy at L-P.

Alger led the Rangers in goals each of her four seasons in high school, averaging 1.2 goals over her career. In her 73 games, she had 91 goals and 38 assists.

"She probably could've scored more goals this year but she was really looking to be that full-team player," Parsons said. "That's the type of girl she is. She's not in it for the accolades, she's not in it for the awards, ultimately she wants to be with the team. It's pretty awesome to see a girl that good with her talent, so humble."