Fix filling key role for Knights
When Jessica Fix was a freshman, Norwin High School girls soccer coach Dana Ferry knew he had a gem.
It's a rare occurrence when a freshman gets to start at Norwin, but Fix was the exception.
Fix, now a senior and a four-year letterman, is the ultimate team player. She doesn't look for the glory, but has always taken pride in the team's success.
No. 1 seed Norwin (17-1-2) has been dubbed the team to beat in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, which begin this weekend.
"I thought we'd get seeded No. 3," Norwin coach Dana Ferry said. "We're very pleased and honored to be seeded No. 1. It will drive the team to play harder. They're very excited."
Ferry said the team continues to raise the bar each year, working hard to continue the program's tradition.
Fix is one of the reasons the Knights continue to shoot for the stars.
"Jessica is an unselfish player and a team leader," Ferry said. "She's a tremendous player and a leader by example, on and off the field.
"She plays the game and lets her play speak for itself. She's a very intense player and goes full-speed, no matter what the score is."
Fix isn't the team's leading goal scorer. She plays inside midfield, and her job is setting up goals, not scoring them.
Fix broke the assist record for a season during her junior year. She had 21.
This season, Fix tied the school's record for assists when she set up the winning goal in the Knights' 2-1 victory over Penn-Trafford. The victory ended an eight-game winless streak against the Warriors.
She has 45 career assists, tying Leslie Mumpower, who held the record for the past 13 years.
Fix also has scored 10 goals, giving her 44 during her career.
"She's a tremendous playmaker, an impact player," Ferry said. "At the end of her sophomore year, we moved her to inside midfield for her playmaking and skill ability.
"Jessica made quite an impact during her freshman season. After she came back from a collarbone injury, she scored the game-winning goal to defeat No. 1 Hampton in the playoffs."
Fix said she is looking forward to the WPIAL playoffs again.
"We can reach our goals if we continue to play as a team and keep doing what we've been doing all season," Fix said. "Winning a title is possible. The victory against Penn-Trafford should help us in the playoffs."
Norwin also has a new look this season. Ferry took his team to a camp at the University of North Carolina and the Knights adapted to a new style of play.
"We changed our formations and how we attack things," Fix said. "Everyone has to do their jobs. Everyone has to play defense. Players who play defense also are involved in the offense, too."
Norwin has given up only seven goals in 20 games, and one came off a set play and another from a penalty kick.
Fix said she's not thinking too much about her future. She'll wait until after the season to make a decision about where to attend college.
Some of the schools interested in her talents are Akron, West Virginia, St. Vincent and North Carolina, the returning NCAA champion.
"I'd like to go to a college where I will play," Fix said. "I also want to make sure I like the school academically."
Fix plans to study either sports management, business or physical education.