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Athlete of the Week: Chestatee's Alexis Rebollar

Sophmore broke school record last week

POSTED: March 28, 2011 7:50 p.m.

Athlete of the Week: Alexis Rebollar

Alexis Rebollar, a Chestatee High sophomore soccer player, scored five goals in three wins last week, and in doing so broke the school record for goals in a season. She now has 22 goals; the old record was 20.

With a roster that features eight seniors, most would assume the Chestatee girls soccer team would be led in scoring by a player who was among those with the most high school experience.

Instead, the Lady War Eagles (9-3, 4-3 Area 8-AAA) are lead by a sophomore striker who has already set a school record for goals in a season with six games left to play.

On March 21, Alexis Rebollar scored twice as Chestatee defeated Rabun Gap, 2-0. The next day she scored again in a decisive 5-0 win against Lanier. The goal was the 20th of the season for Rebollar, and moved her into a tie with Megan Fligg for the school record for goals scored in a season.

Rebollar broke the record on Friday, scoring two goals in a 4-3 win over North Hall to give her 22 on the season. The win also marked the first time that Chestatee had ever defeated North Hall in girls soccer.

For her efforts, Rebollar is The Times Athlete of the Week.

Despite the scoring tear that the striker has been on, Rebollar said that she hasn't been concerned with scoring goals or any statistics that go along with them.

"We had talked about it and people had brought it up, but to be honest, I didn't care," Rebollar said. "I just want to go to state as a team, that's my main worry here.

"When they did bring it up, I just said it was a team effort, because it is."

The presence of so many seniors on the team has made Rebollar and the other underclassmen strive to earn a spot in the state playoffs.

Chestatee coach Mark Dunn believes that his team can earn a spot at state, but they'll have to continue to progress.

"We still make mistakes," Dunn said. "The games we've lost were on goals that we shouldn't have given up. There were times when it was the skill of the other team and you have to give them credit, but often it's our own mistakes that have beaten us."

As far as his quick striker goes, Dunn believes the sky is the limit.

"She can play college ball if she continues to progress," Dunn said. "I saw her in eighth grade and then this is her second year under me, and she has gotten better every single season."

While the team is heavily laden with seniors, it only has two juniors, and Dunn is quick to point out that the Lady War Eagles will be a very young team next season.

"We'll have to rely on the underclassmen stepping up, and for Alexis to keep playing as well as she has," Dunn said.

At the moment, Rebollar is concerned with getting the state playoffs and working toward graduation, but that's not to say she hasn't given thought to what comes after.

"I want to play for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill," Rebollar said immediately when asked if she'd thought about college soccer. "That's where I want to go."

Going to college on an athletic scholarship is tough, but with 22 goals and counting this season, Rebollar is off to a great start.

Chestatee plays host to Lumpkin County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.



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