Lewis nets hat trick, continues to shine in NWPL for Seattle Stars

June 12, 2018

Ariela Lewis soccer

Ariela Lewis

Anchorage’s Ariela Lewis carved up the competition in the Northwest Premier League to help the Seattle Stars beat the Washington Premier FC 5-1 and remain unbeaten on the young season.

The rookie forward bagged three goals for her first hat trick in just her third game.

“Honestly it feels amazing to be able to come here with a new league, new girls and new level of play and just contribute to my team’s success,” she told me. “It feels great to just do what I love and get the result out of it.”

Lewis, of Dimond High fame, kickstarted the offense with a goal in the third minute. She assisted on a goal in the 15th minute and then scored again in the 50th minute and 82nd minute.

She wrapped up her college career at Alabama State University last fall, finishing her senior season as the NCAA active points leader (143).

The Alaskan has carried over that success to the elite adult women’s league, which features a bunch of former NCAA D1 players like Lewis.

“To continue my success, it’s just my passion for the game and the desire to get better,” she said. “I continue to do my individual drills introducing to me once upon a time ago by Gardner Cobb and Kelly Cobb, and honestly I think that’s what has made the difference in the player I was in high school to the player I am now.”

Lewis has racked up five goals and two assists in three games for Seattle (4-0).

“Honestly, the league is somewhat of a step up; not to mention the technical skill and level is different,” she said. “In this league I can kind of be more of myself in the technical aspect and work with players who also have amazing footwork and vision of the field to play a more connective game of soccer, if that makes sense.”

Lewis hopes her success in the Northwest Premier League leads to other opportunities.

Either way, she’s still living the dream of playing the game she loves.

“I’m not getting paid to play. I do, however, work for the Sounders FC soccer camps, so I’m really excited about that,” Lewis said. “And honestly, I’m loving the grind because the grind is my life. I still haven’t reached where I want to get to which is professional level, NWSL, or even overseas, but until I reach that goal, I’m always going to be grinding and I love it.”