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Girls Athlete of the Week: Chestatee's Alexis Rebollar

POSTED: April 15, 2013 9:05 p.m.

Growing up, Chestatee’s Alexis Rebollar was trained as a goalkeeper for her soccer teams. Now, as a senior for the Lady War Eagles, this knowledge of the net gives her an advantage as a striker that makes her an offensive threat against any team Chestatee faces.

“It taught me how to look at the game in a different way,” Rebollar said. “It gives me an edge because I anticipate what they’re going to do and know what they’re thinking.”

This ability to predict a goalkeeper’s moves is obvious when looking at Rebollar’s statistics from her four seasons at Chestatee. This season, she broke the school record for career goals and now has 77 total. Last week, she posted two goals in a 3-1 win against region opponent Madison County.

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

“The past couple of games, she’s been a key player in getting some region victories for us,” coach Mark Dunn said.

As the primary goal scorer for Chestatee for most of her time there, Rebollar has gotten used to being in high-pressure situations on the field and usually thrives in the environment.

“She keeps going and has a lot of energy,” Dunn said. “She’s dangerous if she breaks open. That’s where she’s most effective. If she gets one-on-one with the goalkeeper, she can do something special.”

Rebollar said that some of this ability to contribute under pressure comes from her family, which is centered around soccer since her brothers and dad all play the sport.

“There’s a lot of competitiveness, and I’ve never been taught to play like a girl,” Rebollar said. “My dad taught me that you just have to be a player. He likes to push me a lot in any aspect, mentally, emotionally or physically. He’s made me who I am today.”

The person and player Rebollar is today is a major reason for the Lady War Eagles’ success this season, and they are currently on the hunt for the first region title in school history.

“We’ve never achieved that here in our girls soccer program, so I’m looking forward to it,” Rebollar said. “We all have the mindset to make a new record, and I’m just trying to do what’s best for the team. If that’s me scoring, I’ll let it be, or if it’s someone else, I’m perfectly fine with that.”

Rebollar’s winning attitude has helped her gain the respect of her teammates, who don’t mind when she sees success as long as the team thrives.

“The team respects the fact that she is the go-to person to score goals,” Dunn said. “If she’s having a good night then that’s good all around for us. She works well in combination with other players and finds them and sets them up, so she also leads in assists.”

Even though her short-term goal is to lead her team to a region championship and beyond, Rebollar is also thinking about her future with the sport.

“I want to play after high school,” she said. “Hopefully I can attend Kennesaw State or Young Harris; whatever works out best for me.”

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