Deering senior girls’ soccer standout Alexis Elowitch (center) is joined by (from left) her father, Jimmy, mother, Faith, sister, Abby, and Rams coach Kevin Olson as she signs her National Letter of Intent Thursday to attend and play soccer at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.
“I’m really excited to go to St. A’s,” said Elowitch, who is undecided on a major. “I’m looking forward to the soccer season there. It has great opportunities for academics as well. Since it’s a liberal arts school, I can explore my options. I met Coach (Tony) Wallis two years ago and he’s made the process very easy for me. They were my first choice. It was pretty much St. A’s from the beginning. I was looking at a few others schools, but the St. A’s coaching staff really wanted me to go there. I always wanted to play in college, since probably elementary school. Soccer’s always been my love. I’m a coach, a referee and a player. I love to be a part of all aspects of the game.”
Elowitch, an All-Conference, All-Region, All-State and All-New England selection last fall, who is also a top-notch thrower in both indoor and outdoor track, was one of the state’s most dangerous goal scorers her first three years before becoming a back as a senior, where she also excelled. She expects to return to a forward position in college for a program which went 8-7-3 in 2013 and reached the quarterfinals of the Northeast 10 tournament.
“They would like me to play up top again,” said Elowitch, Deering’s 2012 and 2013 Fall Female Athlete of the Year. “You have to be versatile in college. This past year helped me get experience at other positions. Coach Olson, since freshman year, has been a huge part of my career. He’s helped me physically and mentally, technically and tactically. He’s gotten me prepared. Playing (for Deering) helped me prepare for the next level.”
Olson feels that Elowitch, who had 40 goals and 19 assists in high school, is well suited to not just play in college, but to make an impact.
“Alexis has worked hard for four years,” Olson said. “I knew as soon as she came in freshman year that she had the talent to play at the next level. Not only does she have the talent, but she also has the drive and work ethic. She loves the game. She’s a very versatile player. That’s what they’ll find out. She can be plugged in anywhere. She’ll be missed.”