By Darren Zancan
Watching a Colonel soccer game, you would never know Sarah and Kerry LeBrun were sisters, let alone twin sisters. They are fraternal and aren’t the typical “finish each other’s sentences” type of sisters, even though they both admit they have finished each other’s sentences.
Sarah is five minutes older and does not hesitate to let Kerry know who the older sister is.
“I use the older sister card,” Sarah said.
The LeBruns live in Richmond; so being recruited to play at Eastern feels like they are playing soccer in the backyard, something both players relish.
“It’s really cool,” Kerry said. “We have a lot of people at games cheering for us. It’s good to see familiar faces.”
Kerry, a defender, has played herself into every game this season.
“She’ll run through a wall,” Head Coach Lindsay Basalyga said. “She’s really picked up her game on both sides of the ball.”
Sarah, a forward for the Colonels, has been battling some injuries, Basalyga said, but will get the opportunity to get on the field soon.
Basalyga coached both players in club ball for two years, so she was familiar with the sisters. When it came to recruiting them, it was a packaged deal.
“They were raw players, but that’s a good thing,” she said. “We can mold them into our system. They have incredible work rates. They are different people, but play with heart and determination and that’s what drew me to them. They are supportive of each other. To come on and be exposed to a higher level of soccer (college) and to have a sister on the team, it gives them that extra strength, something the rest of the team won’t fully understand.”
It’s a pretty unique situation for Kerry and Sarah. Both played locally at Lexington Catholic, in Lexington, where they helped lead the team to three straight district titles. They have lived in Richmond for the majority of their lives, so playing for a Division One program close to home was a no brainer.
How many twin sisters get to play together, in college, for a major program?
“It’s awesome,” Sarah said. “You don’t expect it. It was amazing to be a part of the school, kind of like hometown heroes. We can show our old coaches what we’ve done.”
When recruiting, Basalyga looks for certain players to fit into her system.
“We look for players that work hard and fill a different need,” Basalyga said. “I knew they would work their butts off. They will continue to grow for years to come, especially in the mental aspect of the game.”
When most people think of twins, they think extrasensory perception, or ESP, which could help with on-field chemistry, but neither plays the same position.
Either way Basalyga said she’s proud to add two new players to the fold, not to mention, two twins.
“They are great people from a great family,” Basalyga said. “That was important to us. We wanted the Lebrun family as a part of our family. I am excited to see who they become in the next five years.