By Ryan Kaczmarski
Over the last four years, there has been one constant force on the pitch wearing a Bay High School jersey for the varsity girls soccer team. That force is named Alex Brown, and she will be continuing both her academic and soccer careers over in the keystone state at Edinboro University.
“My second choice was Kent State, and I also looked at Mount Union, Elon and Baldwin Wallace,” she said.
She had a tough time trying to decide on whether she wanted to play at a Division I or Division II school, but academics and coaching staffs ultimately made the choice for her.
“I looked at a lot of schools,” she said. “There were some that I canceled out just because of the majors (offered). I had to look at what I wanted to study first, and then I had to narrow it down to D-III, D-II or maybe I’m ready to play D-I. When it came down to choosing between the D-I and D-II schools, I chose the D-II school, because I really liked the coach and I thought it would just be a better experience for me.”
Brown took her college visit to Edinboro at a time when there were no classes going on, but the things she did get to see sealed the deal for her.
“I came at a bad time for visiting, so I couldn’t get into any of the classrooms, but I went and saw a game and stayed overnight, and I loved it,” she said. “The whole soccer aspect (of the school), I loved it.”
Even though both of Brown’s parents are Kent State University graduates, the decision was ultimately hers to make.
“(Kent State) was a big D-I school, and I thought that would do really well for me, but just didn’t feel ready for that large of a school, and I never actually met the head coach, so I didn’t get a good feel for it,” she said.
For Brown, her coaches over the years have been key for her to even receive scholarship offers.
“I really give props to my high school coach (Jack Griffiths),” she said. “He really helped me a lot with talking to colleges. We would go to showcases (in the summer) and he would talk to (college representatives) and helped me get awards throughout the year, and I really appreciate that,” she said.
Brown has had a bevy of honors bestowed upon her during her time playing at Bay. Most recently, she was the West Shore Conference and Northeast District’s MVP, and an All-American (one of three from Ohio). The four-year letter winner is a two-time All-Ohio award winner, three-time All-WSC first team member and once an All-WSC second team member (in her freshman season). In four years at Bay, Brown had 50 goals and 41 assists for 141 points. She led the conference in scoring in her first three years.
Even though she has won all those high school awards, Brown still knows there is much more to learn at the next level.
“I’m a little nervous about that,” she said. “It’s going to be like being a high school freshman again. I really don’t know what to expect, but that’s OK; I like surprises.”