By Josh Brown
TROY — For years, Alex Williams was the one scoring the goals.
Late in his high school career, though, he made a change — and his new path proved to be the right one.
Williams, the Trojans’ primary starting goalkeeper over his last three seasons, recently committed to attend Wright State University and play Division I college soccer for the Raiders, who saw his natural talent in the net only a few years after he discovered it himself.
“That was a huge boost to me,” Williams said. “I played striker and goalie for the same time for a while, but I had to decide if I had to be out in the field or in goal all the time. I felt like this was the best thing. I guess I just had the natural ability to play goalie.”
Williams had a .820 save percentage during his senior season, making 107 saves and posting seven shutouts while leading the Trojans to a 12-5 record. He finished his high school career with 20 solo shutouts and assisted on three others.
And for Williams, the decision on which college to play for was a natural one, too.
“Wright State made me feel like I was family to them,” he said. “I love the coaches, the facilities and campus, and for academic reasons, it’s one of the top schools for nursing, which is what I’m going to try to major in.
“I had a couple emails from some Big Ten schools and from Ohio Wesleyan, which, even though it’s Division III, it competes for national championships just about every year. But Wright State just made me feel at home.”
And though it wasn’t a priority, the nearness to his actual home is a big plus for Williams, too.
“I had other looks from schools that were farther away. I would’ve been okay with going to a distant school if it was the right one, but Wright State just felt like the right fit,” Williams said. “Now my family will be able to come watch my games easier.”
And with the decision out of the way, Williams is more excited than ever for the future to get here.
“Once I’d verbally committed, it was a huge relief,” he said. “I felt accomplished. I’m definitely looking forward to playing at the next level. I feel like I can make an impact there.”
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