Written by Corbett Smith
2013 Dallas-area girls soccer player of the year: Casie Ramsier stands out at Plano West, but not from her sister
Identical twins Casie and Brooke Ramsier share the same classes, the same car, the same room.
“We kind of have the same personalities too, although she can be a little more outgoing than I am sometimes,” Casie said. “But we have the same humor and same mind-set in sports, that kind of thing.”
They enjoy each other’s company so much that the Plano West seniors signed to play soccer at the same university, Auburn.
Still, if there’s a little inequity, it can cause some friction — at least in jest.
Two weeks ago, when Plano West won its second-straight UIL Class 5A championship, Brooke won the 5A championship game MVP for the second year a row.
When Casie found out she had been named SportsDay’s All-Area girls soccer player of the year, she joked: “Finally, I have something I can hold over her.”
With Brooke as the tireless facilitator and Casie as the willful scorer, Plano West had a tremendous run of success over the last two seasons: winning back-to-back titles, finishing 28-0-2 this season and ending the season unbeaten in its last 38 games.
“It’s definitely been fun to watch them,” Plano West coach Carley Phillips said. “They’ve gone back and forth in taking the lead on the field.”
On a team full of standouts — Plano West had seven players sign with Division I colleges this season — Casie was a luminary, leading Plano West with 18 goals, while adding 12 assists. She becomes the third Plano West girls player to win SportsDay’s top honor, joining Brooke Bowman (2002) and Rachel Shipley (2007).
“It’s incredible, ending your senior year with a second state championship,” Casie said. “And I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls to win it with.”
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Player of the year
Casie Ramsier, Plano West
Yr.: Sr.; Pos.: F
Notable: 18 goals, 12 assists
About Ramsier: Ramsier led Plano West in goals and finished second in assists, a feat considering the team’s wealth of talent. Fifteen players scored for West this season — with four girls in double-digits in goals — as the team scored 93 times over its undefeated 30-game season.
Did you know?: Ramsier’s older sisters also played for Plano West before moving on to college athletics. Alexa ran cross country at Air Force, and Jordan played soccer for two seasons at Nevada.
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