Lewis earns assist in debut with WPSL’s Seacoast Mariners

May 15, 2016

Aaliyah Lewis soccer

Aaliyah Lewis

Aaliyah Lewis of Anchorage assisted on the first goal in her first game with the Maine Seacoast Mariners of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.

No surprise there. Lewis has been a point machine during her prep and college career.

But this was different.

This was a sign of strength for a player slowed over the last year by a nagging knee injury, which caused her to be the shadow of her former player-of-the-year self.

“It’s been a rocky start coming back and being able to be as confident,” she told me. “But I feel better and continue to strive to get better and better in order to accomplish what I want in my final season [of college].”

She’s talking about taking Alabama State to the NCAA Tournament, a dream she’s had along with her twin sister Ariela since they arrived on campus three years ago.

Consider this summer’s experience with the Seacoast Mariners as groundwork for this coming college season.

“I’ve never felt more driven to finish what we as a team have started,” she said.

Lewis, of Dimond High fame, got a major confidence boost after assisting on the opening goal in the 58th minute in a 3-1 win over host Boston.

“The first game felt great, especially for a team that has had maybe two practices,” she said. “We worked well to get this win and I’m confident in our progression.”

The sisters are both playing with the Seacoast Mariners. They drove 90 minutes from their college home in Montgomery, Alabama, to the game in Boston.

“More trips to come,” she said.

The WPSL is a national independent league formed in 1998 and today features more than 100 teams across the country.

“The play is fast paced and competitive with girls from all over the United States and collegiate levels,” Lewis said.

Lewis has amassed 45-24-114 totals in 60 career games at Alabama State and holds school records for most goals in a season [18 in 2013], most assists [11 in 2014] and most points [45 in 2014] as well as most game-winning goals [six in 2014].