VSN recently caught up with Mercy's Alexis Prior-Brown to talk about her commitment to play soccer in college and her expections for the Magic in the fall.
Mercy soccer player Alexis Prior-Brown had a stellar junior season for the Magic in 2010, finishing with 21 goals and 10 assists. She led Mercy to a 14-3-3 record and a No. 4 ranking in the final VSN Girls Soccer Top 20 poll.
But Prior-Brown isn't content with the success of last year and is working even harder this summer to improve. She is currently playing with the Chesapeake Charge in the Women's Premiere Soccer League and the storied Baltimore Bays club team.
She is expecting big things from the Magic this fall.
VSN: You committed to play soccer at Maryland next year. What was it about Maryland's program that made you choose to be a Terp?
It was an easy choice after my visit to Maryland. Between the coaching staff and personalities of the girls on the team, it was easy to see I would fit in well with this program. I immediately connected with coach Brian Pensky and assistant coaches Jonathon Morgan, and Laurie George. Coach Brian and the coaches I’ve been trained by, Doug Pryor and Albert Oni, have very similar training styles and expectations. When I met the players I could tell that I shared the passion to play with them, they will definitely challenge me to be better which is exactly what I was searching for. They compete at the highest level successfully and work together to achieve their success.
VSN: What other schools were in the mix before you made your decision?
George Mason, High Point University, and Loyola University were in the mix. My final decision was between University of South Carolina and UMD.
VSN: Last season, Mercy made strides in the IAAM A Conference. The Magic return a strong core of players for the fall, are you expecting big things?
Yes, I am expecting big things from myself and the rest of the team. I am expecting us to win the championship. We have the players and the determination to do it, so there is no reason we can’t win the championship this year.
VSN: You faced a bunch of double-teams last season. How were you able to break through them and score 21 goals?
My experience with the [Chesapeake] Charge last year and the work my Mercy teammates put in made it possible for me to break through and score. My experience with the Charge taught me to be stronger and smarter. I had a lot of support from my team to make this possible too, it was not easy. We all had to work hard to make it happen.
VSN: Do you play on the same club team with two other future Maryland teammates, Riley Barger (Bryn Mawr) and Ashley Spivey (McDonogh)?
I don't play on the same team as Ashley and Riley because I'm younger but I have played against both of them and trained with them several times as well. We are all a part of the Baltimore Bays Club, which is a great and successful club organization to be a part of. I’m very lucky that my club coach of many years, Doug Pryor, is also my coach at Mercy High School.
VSN: You're playing with the Chesapeake Charge in the Women’s Premier Soccer League with college players. How has that experience been and do you think it will prepare you for your senior season?
That experience has been extremely influential in my development as a player. I’m playing with players I respect and have so much to learn from. Each of them has a huge impact on making me a better player. I learn from them every time we train and play, they are great mentors. They really challenge me to be better and they teach me leadership skills that will carry far into my life even off the field. I’ve trained with coach Albert Oni for many years and I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a big part of the player that I am today. Drew Hoffman is also an extremely knowledgeable coach and I just feel fortunate to be a part of this very talented and successful team. I feel like my soccer family has grown to include each of my teammates and coaches on the Charge. This experience is not only preparing me for my senior year at Mercy, this team is preparing me for the level of soccer I will play at Maryland and hopefully beyond. This team demands a work level much higher than what I'm used to and challenges me to be a much more successful player.
VSN: How do you get ready for a game? Any superstitions or routines that you follow?
I listen to my ipod and imagine myself in the game to get mentally prepared. No superstitions though.
VSN: What is something that most people don't know about you?
Most people don't know, I’m a family girl and I'm very outgoing. I’m very close with my family and the time I get to spend with them is very important to me. My parents, step-parents, grandparents, brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins are the most important people in my life and I realize it’s only with their support that I’ve been successful. They support my passion for soccer and I wouldn’t be who I am without them. When I meet people for the first time I'm very quiet and shy but only those closest to me know how outgoing I am once I'm comfortable.
Last Updated (Friday, 10 June 2011 10:30)