Interview with Alexa Madueno
ALEXA MADUENO COMMITS TO SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
FC Elk Grove 02G Platinum 1
Below is an interview with Alexa:
How did it feel to have colleges seeking you out?
- It felt great because I knew that all my hard work was paying off and coaches were interested. But it was also nerve-racking because they could be there for a few minutes and if I made one mistake or maybe a few, they could get up and leave and I could have lost my opportunity
What was the recruiting experience like?
- I was very proactive emailing coaches my schedule, but once it came to the game and I saw them watching it was very nerve-racking. I got good at phone calls. When it came to camps I pushed myself to show that I was better than the other keepers, it was tiring but worth it. Towards the end it become harder because I had to start thinking about my education first, then soccer. I narrowed it down to my top three, but the worst part about it was telling all the other colleges that I committed; it felt like I disappointed them.
How did you deal with the pressure of speaking to college coaches?
- About 30 mins before speaking with them, I would write down questions that I was going to ask, just in case my mind went blank. Then, when the time came I would go to my backyard and just sit there talking to them. As time went on and I spoke to more coaches, it become easier. And coaches did a good job to keep the conversation going.
What made you choose San Diego State University?
- I felt a great connection with the coaches and knew if I went there they would look out for me and want the best for me. Once they showed me the campus, especially the soccer field, I fell in love. Also, I knew that if I went there I would be playing good soccer at a high level.
How much work have you put into getting to this point so far?
- I have been training as a goalkeeper for about 10 years now. I practiced as much as I could in any weather. As years went on I learned to read the game and understand it. There came major injuries and disappointments, such as getting cut from programs, but I bounced back from them and pushed myself even harder to be the best I could be.
What advise would you give a younger player with aspirations of playing in college?
- I would say, “push yourself and work hard. Do not doubt yourself.” Once they get to the age of scouting; do not turn down any coach, give them a chance to show what they can offer. Stay in touch with them and send them your schedule.”