GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Alexis Allard graduated from a college prep high school in Arizona and had plenty of options where to continue her soccer career. Now three years later, she is an All-Conference player for Colorado Mesa.
"This was probably like my 9th of 10th school I visited. As soon as I got on campus and met Jason I knew this was the school for me," said Allard.
Allard returns to CMU for her junior season after logging over 1,400 minutes on the pitch a year ago. The Phoenix, native led the Mavs in goals score last season with six, but its the type of person off the field that makes her a coaches dream.
"She is such a great kid. She loves the game, and she loves her teammates. Her attitude towards everything and her application of it is second to none," said CMU head coach Jason Clare.
Alexis started playing soccer at a young age and had immediate success. Her start in the sport came from her families background.
"My dad played semi-pro, so he really wanted my brother and I to play. We would always watch soccer together on the weekend. So, it was just kind of a family thing,"said Allard.
In 2017 Allard was named a First Team All-RMAC player, but this year her focus for the Mavs are going for bigger and better on the pitch.
"All our minds are in the same place and I know that were reach to get that first place. We have thought about it for so long and I know that we can get there if we put all our minds to it," said Allard.
Alexis and Colorado Mesa women's soccer will kick off their 2018 season on August 31st on the road in Odessa,TX taking on Texas-Permian Basin.