Senior soccer player Brekelle Sellers started playing soccer growing up in Arvada, Colo., At the age of five, Sellers never would have guessed she would end up a Wildcat.
“My dad was a big soccer player when I was growing up and he was good at it, so he got me into the sport and I played ever since,” Sellers said.
Sellers said she had wanted to play collegiate soccer since she was a child. Her original plan was to play at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, but after visiting Northern, she fell in love.
“I love the people, the town, how close the lake is and just how beautiful Marquette is,” Sellers said. “It reminded me of home in a way, so I chose to not play Division I, and have more of a life and enjoy soccer and school at Northern.”
Seller said her favorite memory from playing soccer at NMU is when the team beat Grand Valley State University two years ago.
“They hadn’t been beaten in six years and we broke that streak,” Sellers said. “We scored in overtime on a free kick and once that ball landed in the net not only was my whole team running out on the field and jumping on one another, but the fans were ecstatic as well. It was amazing.”
Brekelle is not the only member of the Sellers family who fell in love with NMU. Her sister, Tevun is currently a sophomore and is also a member of the soccer team.
“I love playing with my sister,” Sellers said. “We have really good chemistry together and we know how the other plays, so that has its benefits.”
Tevun said Sellers is one of her role models, and her talent on the field gives her a lot of potential as a soccer player.
“We have this sisterly connection out on the field,” Tevun said. “We know where to find each other at any given minute. We’re are so close and being able to push each other in practice and games to get better keeps us motivated and getting better everyday.”
Sellers said she really enjoys playing soccer for NMU. She said the team becomes a close family every year, and the girls on the team are amazing to play with.
“Everyone gets along and works insanely hard to be the best,” Sellers said. “Even when we walk away with a poor record, we are still smiling and focusing on the next year and what we need to work on to be that much better.”
Sellers said she sees her parents as her best role models. She said her parents have worked very hard to provide a good life for their children despite the fact that neither of them attended college.
“My parents have shown me that if you work hard enough in anything and everything that you do, you can go anywhere and be whatever you want in this world,” Sellers said.
Sellers claims her biggest accomplishment thus far is the fact that she was the first one of her family to go to college, only to be followed shortly by her sister.
“Once I graduate I will be the first generation in my family to graduate and hopefully get a good paying job out of school,” Sellers said.
This year, Sellers has assisted one goal and has had three shots on goal. Last year, she scored one goal and had three assists.
“She does such a good job at finding our fowards’ feet and getting into to attack,” Tevun said. “She also does well at keeping the central mid-field controlled and calm.”
Head coach Matt Granstrand said Sellers is a very talented player who does a good job of leading the team.
“She has the ability to almost play as a quarterback for us,” Granstrand said. “She is a skillful player and her job is to help get the assist to win the games which is what she has done for the past few years.”
Although Sellers is technically a senior this year, she will be required to finish one more year of school due to a change in major and an added minor.
“This summer I plan on hopefully getting an internship with an advertising company in New York,” Sellers said. “I plan on getting into marketing and advertisement, possibly journalism.”
Tevun said she loves playing with Brekelle, and she can’t wait to see what great success the team has this year as she shares this experience with her sister.