She may have traded in her signature No. 1 jersey for No. 25, and her Indian River High School green and gold for Richmond red, but Brooke Beam is still making soccer headlines, just three games into her freshman campaign for the Spiders.
The two-time Top XI selection and 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year recorded the first official NCAA points of her collegiate career in a 4-2 win against JMU on Friday, Aug. 26, tallying two assists and being named the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week in the process.
“It’s really exciting to see Brooke take off so quickly at the collegiate level,” said Indian River head coach and River Soccer Director of Coaching Steve Kilby, who coached Beam at various levels throughout her career.
“I would imagine it’s extremely difficult for a freshman to make the type of impact that she has had at a Division I program so quickly.”
Beam played all 90 minutes in the matchup and is the first Spider to earn Rookie of the Week honors since 2014.
Both assists against the Dukes resulted in goals by Caesar Rodney High School graduate and current Richmond junior forward Lexi Prillaman, who netted all four scores for the Spiders on the night and was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week as a result.
Prillaman tied the Richmond record set by Brooke Sands in 1997 with the scoring total, and has now found the net in all three games for the Spiders this season so far, currently leading the nation with a 2.0-goals-per-game average.
The win improved the Spiders to 2-1 overall, after starting the season with a 3-0 win over Longwood on Friday, Aug. 19, and 2-1 loss to Old Dominion on Sunday, Aug. 21.
Beam saw plenty of action in those games as well, getting one shot off in her debut against Longwood and two in the loss to Old Dominion — one of them hitting the crossbar.
At Indian River, Beam graduated as the Indians’ all-time leading scorer and first player in IR history to surpass the 100-goals mark.
Up next, she and the Spiders will gear up for the VCU Invitational Tournament and matchups against Holy Cross on Friday, Sept. 2, and Sacred Heart on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Richmond isn’t scheduled to begin conference play until Thursday, Sept. 29, when they’ll go up against Duquesne.