CARROLLWOOD – For Carrollwood Day School senior Alex Schweitzer, it came down to the second half of a travel soccer game a long way from home.
She was in a game in Virginia and sat the entire first half waiting for her chance. She knew there were some college scouts in the crowd so, when she entered the game she figured she had one half to impress scouts enough to give her a soccer scholarship.
“I was playing for my soccer life,” she said.
It isn’t easy to impress as a right back. The goals don’t come easily even though Schweitzer led the CDS Patriots in goals and assists this season. Still, her extra effort worked, and she was offered a scholarship to play for Virginia Tech University. She signed her letter-of-intent last Tuesday.
There were other offers on the table, but none that impressed Schweitzer as much as the Virginia Tech deal. She’ll head off to the mountains of western Virginia next fall, knowing hardly anyone. Still, she’s excited to be off on her own playing the sport she has loved since she started at the age of 3.
“I’ll miss my parents because they have always been there for me,” Schweitzer said. “I’ll miss my friends, but I really want a new environment. I’ve spent time in winter weather so that won’t bother me. I can’t wait.”
Schweitzer scored 13 goals to go with 11 assists to help the Patriots to their first district title. She was a captain and feels good that she helped lead CDS into a new era. Soccer wasn’t her only sport growing up. She even ran track and volleyball at CDS until giving them up. And she still gets kidded about being a former cheerleader. She also writes poetry in her spare time and practices as a flamenco dancer.
Still, soccer was her sport all along. She has played travel ball for years and now plays with the Tampa Bay United club soccer team, even though she said she is going to take a little bit of time off before heading to Virginia Tech.
She sees sports medicine in her future, but her mind is open to pursuing soccer at the next level.
“I’ve been playing 12 months a year and I love the game,” Schweitzer said. “But there’s a lot out there and I want to enjoy it. If soccer is a part of it, that would be great.’’