Meet Women's Soccer Captain Alex Johnson
Aug. 11, 2014
Chesntut Hil, Mass.-
The BC women’s soccer team is just 11 days from the home opener against Colgate. The Eagles return seven players including starting goalkeeper Alexandra Johnson. A native of Wellesley, Mass., is now a captain on the women’s soccer team which has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 13 consecutive seasons. Johnson sat down to answer some questions about her BC experience and the upcoming season.
What did you do over the summer? Did you go on any trips or do anything out of the ordinary?
This summer was pretty busy for me - I played for the Boston Breakers College Academy team alongside Steph, Casey, Maddie, and Mckenzie, which was great. A handful of us spent a lot of time this summer here at BC working out in the weight room and preparing for this upcoming season.
You ran in a road race over the summer with your mom do you want to tell the story of who you ran for?
My cousin, and our team's recently adopted Team Impact player, Malia Jusczyk, was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer called neuroblastoma at the age of three, and is now currently in remission. She and her family devote much of their time and energy to raising both money and awareness for childhood cancer, creating and hosting countless charity events like the 5k and Triathlon my mom and I ran this summer. All proceeds of their fundraisers go to cancer research, and it is an honor to be able to help this amazing family with all that they do.
Last season you emerged as the starter, what did you do to prepare for being the starter on a national ranked team?
I knew coming into BC that I was going to have to earn my spot in net. Knowing that forced me to focus and work my hardest at each and every practice, so that when the time presented itself for me to be the starter, I would be ready.
At what point in your BC career did your confidence rise and you were comfortable being the No. 1 keeper?
The first game I started last year was against Top-20-ranked Ohio State. I still remember one specific save I made in the first half, where afterwards I thought to myself, "I belong on this field." Since that save, my confidence has only risen.
What has been your highlight of being a BC women’s soccer player?
Our postseason run of our 2013 season is truly something I will never forget, most specifically our Sweet 16 win on a snow covered field in Nebraska. Having so many people label us as the underdog for the playoff run added an amazing spark to this team and allowed us to come together as a group to prove so many people wrong. The win over Illinois which took us to the Elite Eight was unlike any other feeling I've had in my soccer career.
Off the field, why Boston College – what is it about the Heights that makes it a special place?
When I chose to attend BC, it was because I loved the team, the soccer program, and the academic excellence this school had to offer. However within my first weeks as a freshman on campus, I found that there was so much more to the Heights. I found that the school spirit, and the pride that comes along with being a Boston College student, is nearly unparalleled. Now going into my senior year, this aspect of BC is one I truly value most.
It’s early but talk about preseason and how the team is meshing?
Preseason has gotten off to a good start. It's great to see the freshman creating a presence on the field and the other underclassmen stepping into new larger roles on our team. As practices continue, we get more and more comfortable playing with each other which will be very important heading into the season.
The preseason fitness test is well-known among women’s soccer alumni. Can you talk about preparing for it and how you get the freshman to be ready?
Preparation throughout the summer is extremely crucial in order to pass the fitness test come the first week of August. Our strength and conditioning coach, Nick Asermelly, prepares a great summer workout plan for the team, and if followed, should allow you to be successful in the test.
You are a team captain this season. Does that change your roll and what do you hope to help the team improve on?
I think as a captain, it is your job to lead both with words and by example. This season, Steph, McKenzie and I really want to focus on having the whole team on the same page, with the same goals, and having the same mentality. We believe that success will come if this group of eighteen girls can work together and devote themselves to reaching a common goal.
What are some of the goals of the team for the 2014 season?
With the goal of reaching the national championship always in the minds of each player, our team has a system of breaking our season into multiple phases and as a group, creating a list of goals to achieve within each phase. This allows us to approach our season one or two games at a time, and keep us focused on the details that when completed together, help us succeed throughout the season.
Where is your favorite hangout on campus?
I love spending time on empty Alumni when the weather is nice, whether it be studying or just spending time with some friends.
What is your major and what are your plans when you graduate in May?
I am a political science major with a history minor, and am hoping to attend grad school after I graduate.