Change in formation brings Lewis back to life on pitch

October 27, 2014

Aaliyah Lewis SoccerA tuned-up offense has Aaliyah Lewis of Anchorage back in rhythm on the soccer field.

The Alabama State University sophomore has orchestrated a scoring spree for the record book – 12 goals, 8 assists in seven games.

“I think it all has to do with our change in formation,” she told me. “My two teammates, we really work well together. I couldn’t have gotten as far as I have this season without them and my coaches constantly pushing me to do better.”

Lewis is as gracious as she is good.

The reigning SWAC Player of the Year now has 15 goals on the season. Last year she had 18 goals. Her senior year at Dimond High she had 22 goals.

She is probably the greatest goal scorer from Alaska.

Lewis has collected hat tricks against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling State and Alcorn State since Oct. 10.

“It feels great because it mean I’m doing my job,” she said.

Of her 12-goal barrage, her favorite came against Jackson State when she scored the game-winner to help Alabama State extract a measure of revenge against the team that beat the Lady Hornets in the SWAC championship game.

“It was the redemption game and I was able to take it to them along with my team,” she said. “We still have battles ahead, but that game felt good.”