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Girls Athlete of the Week: Flowery Branch's Alex Lee

POSTED: April 1, 2013 9:11 p.m.

Flowery Branch center back Alex Lee may not always be in the spotlight, but she is an essential part of the Lady Falcons’ soccer success this season.

Lee’s role varies throughout the game, at times playing a rock-solid defender, other moments setting up the perfect corner kick, and in other times being the one who pushes the girls on her team to play their very best.

“Alex has always been a leader skill-wise, but this year she has really stepped up and become a vocal leader,” Flowery Branch coach Katie Scali said. “But she doesn’t talk unless it’s important, so they listen to what she has to say.”

With her intense, all-or-nothing attitude, Lee leads Flowery Branch’s backfield and played a major role in the Lady Falcons’ 2-1 comeback win against Gainesville last Thursday. She played a hand in the team’s first goal from Madeline McCarthy before setting up the second goal with a free kick that Jacy Ramey put behind Gainesville’s goalkeeper on the rebound.

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

“Winning was definitely an amazing feeling,” Lee said. “Gainesville is definitely one of our biggest rivals, and I was so frustrated with the wind and everything, but getting that first goal was a good chance for us to show that we can get back from being down in a game.”

After Lee helped the Lady Falcons score the game-winning goal, she set to work with fellow center back Kelsey Reed and goalkeeper Elizabeth Bachmann to stifle Gainesville’s offense and lead the team to a win.

“Those three in the back are really a defensive force for us, and (Lee) is kind of one of those unsung heroes,” Scali said. “She’s so solid, but the defensive role has kept her out of the spotlight, and she’s never really gotten the credit that she deserves. She’s a rock in the back; she’s very physical; she’s just fearless.”

Although she has always been fearless on the field and had the skills and natural talent necessary to be a defensive stopper, Scali noted that it took Lee a couple of seasons to develop into the vocal leader she is this year.

“I think the most proud I am of her is for her leadership,” Scali said. “Of all the seniors that are captains, she’s one of the more vocal and one of the more tough (ones). That means that sometimes she’s not the most popular, but I think that takes courage to be that kind of leader. She accepts nothing but the very best from her girls.”

Lee said that she learned to be vocal from last year’s seniors, who made her realize that since she gave the game everything she had, she deserved to speak up and help others. As for her skill development, Lee feels that she has definitely improved in that department as well over her four seasons at Flowery Branch.

“On one-on-ones, I definitely feel like I can take them on now,” Lee said.

Lee has also worked on her endurance through playing club soccer, which she said is mostly a defensive game. She feels that building her endurance has helped her tremendously in high school and will continue to help her in the fall when she starts her career at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, a school she chose for their medical program as well as their soccer team.

“They’re a very good medical school for pre-med schooling, and that’s what really made me choose them,” Lee said. “But I’m really excited to be a part of that team, especially because they expect me to come there and be a starter.”


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