For Tennessee women's soccer, Caroline Brown, the Hershey, Penn. native can lead the team in minutes played (363), assists (4), points (8) and shots (16).
The 5-9 junior can also be a key factor in deciding UT's early season fate as her monumental game-winning goal against William and Mary in double-overtime earned her MVP honors on the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic All-Tournament Team.
"I think Caroline might be one of the most complete players I've had the fortune of coaching," UT head coach Brian Pensky said. "Caroline has good speed, but her speed's not special. If her speed was special, then she would be off the charts. She'd probably be one of the best players in the country. But again, the combination of just being a complete player — her intelligence, her first touch, her passing ability, her ability to create shots by herself (and) her percentage. She's not the kind of kid that takes 10 to 15 chances to get one goal."
Brown's life off the field also reflects the fact that her likes, loves and passions all share one common trend: she loves sports.
Outside of her passion for soccer, Brown enjoys watching football and playing basketball. The sports management major said she sees her college studies landing her a job in the sport that she loves.
"Firstly I enjoy soccer and I know most about so it'd probably be a good fit for me, but I also enjoy watching other sports as well."
While she plays on a European football field, Brown's favorite athlete played on the American football field here at UT.
"Peyton Manning is my favorite professional athlete," Brown said. "I grew up watching him play football here and I just really enjoy watching him (and seeing) how he takes control of the game. He knows it so well."
Speed and game control are what link Manning and Brown together, even if she feels something is off in her game.
"She's probably (upset) right now the way she thinks two goals in four games," the first-year coach said. "That's just kind of the pressure she puts on herself and the kinds of successes she wants to have, but I believe she also has four assists, so I think, in terms of an all-around total player, certainly."
In fact, the Hershey High School career goal record-holder (93) could've been a Lady Terrapin, had she not already decided to become a Lady Vol.
"I mean I tried recruiting her to Maryland three years ago, four years ago, whenever that was," Pensky said. "She was coming out of high school in Pennsylvania, but her mind was made up with her family history here at Tennessee. We just didn't stand a chance at Maryland."
Brown's grandfather, father and mother have all earned degrees from the University of Tennessee while her brother, Jonathan, is currently a senior on campus.
The 2010 Soccer America Coach may not have successfully persuaded Brown to go to Maryland, but he was still fortunate to see the newest Lady Vol's on-field performance when the two schools faced off in 2010. Despite Maryland winning the game 3-1, Pensky remembered Brown for being aggravatingly aggressive on the attack.
"I remember, honestly, her and Tori (Bailey) in that game," the former Terps coach said. "They were both very good. I think Tori started and Caroline came off the bench and played in the middle for them as kind of an attacking center/midfielder in a 4-3-3. She's picking up balls in midfield and running right at us and running at our backline and gave us fits. She's a handful."
Since the season began, Brown's all-around game, along with stellar defense and goal-minding, has allowed even the UT midfielder to outscore UT's first five opponents 2-1.