NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Millions of athletes grow up with a desire to play at the collegiate level and eventually professionally, but very few actually make it. For New Providence senior Alex Schlobohm, her dream came true Wednesday afternoon when she signed her letter of intent to play soccer at Boston University.
Schlobohm, the small and speedy forward, has been playing soccer since she was young. She started out locally, then moved on to travel, club and high school. She said each had their own unique experience and helped her grow as a player, individual and teammate.
“I knew I wanted to play college,” she said.
During her four years as a Pioneer, the team broke records and won the state championship, but what Schlobohm said she'll always cherish the most are the friendships she made.
Schlobohm said she is grateful for all the support she received over the years from her high school coach Scott Murphy, her club coach and her parents.
“I definitely wouldn’t be where I am without Murph and my club coach,” Schlobohm said.
While looking at colleges, she consulted with Murphy for guidance, but in the end she fell in love with Boston. Finding a school with good academics and a great Division 1 soccer program was the most important thing, she said.
Murphy, who teaches in the middle school, has known Schlobohm since she was in the sixth grade and really saw her blossom as a student and an athlete. He said he learned how passionate she is about soccer upon first meeting her and her love for the game is evident in her play on the field.
Even as a freshman, she proved to everyone that she belonged on the varsity team, Murphy said. Schlobohm’s commitment, dedication, teamwork and unselfishness showed what kind of person she is, he said.
“Alex is just a tremendous athlete and competitor,” he said. “I feel very proud for her. It was all about the team. The team concept was first.”
Her parents, Rich and Lea, said they are extremely proud of their daughter. Over the years, they have attended numerous games throughout New Jersey and now they’ll just be travelling a little bit farther. After always being told she was too small, she was determined to succeed, Rich said.
“It makes me really happy for her to prove a lot of those people wrong,” Lea said.