Lewis named SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

August 18, 2014

Aaliyah Lewis SoccerAlabama State forward Aaliyah Lewis of Anchorage has been given the ultimate compliment by the coaches in her league.

She was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

It was an easy choice considering Lewis won the same award in 2013 after leading the Southwestern Athletic Conference in goals [16], shots [61] and points [38].

“I’m energized for the season this just makes me even more eager,” she told me. “But with that title I know mentally and physically I must work even harder to earn such an honor.”

Lewis, of Dimond High fame, has been the player of the year for three straight seasons, dating back to her days in Alaska.

No matter how many individual awards she wins, Lewis has her eyes set on getting Alabama State to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

“I expect a good season out of my team this year,” she said. “We are all preparing and working. I just hope I do my part and deal with whatever these defenses throw my way.

“It’s a new season and new team and given the ending to our story last year we are all pretty amped to turn on the heat coming into this season. My goal is always to better myself and my game, but it’s going to be a little more challenging this year.”