When McPherson High senior Alayna Wallace was asked about her season goals after she signed a soccer letter of intent with Bethel College on Friday, the emphasis was on team.
It wasn’t on the fact she could earn All-State and All-League honors again. It was about putting up a banner in the Roundhouse, which would be the first-ever for girls soccer at MHS.
Wallace will be joining a Bethel program that she believes is on the rise. But first she’ll be playing a starring role this season as MHS attempts to win Class 4-1A after taking third last year and second the year before. And she’ll do it knowing she’s already made her college decision and she can concentrate on sparking her team as she has done for the past three years.
“I’m really excited to know where I’m going,” Wallace said. “Especially to such a great school. We’re all working as hard as we can with positive energy to do the best we can. We just loving playing together. Hopefully we can get the outcome we want by working hard together. We want to get that banner.”
Wallace was second on the team with 10 goals last year and also had 8 assists as she’s a tremendous passer and can put the ball right where it needs to be.
“This year she looks great,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Last year she battled a few injuries that kept her from being 100 percent. But she worked so hard in the offseason and she’s so much faster and stronger. I think she’ll turn into more of a goal-scorer this year. She’s been a passer in the past, but she’s been working so hard that I think she’s going to benefit her.”
Adrian said he’s not had a player quite like Wallace.
“I’ve never had a player who loves the game like Alayna,” Adrian said. “It doesn’t matter what we’re doing. You can tell she generally loves anything that has to do with soccer. When she’s out there she’s having fun, she’s relaxed. She’s extremely positive and she makes everyone around her better. She’s always complimenting others.”
Wallace can’t do much better individually as she was first-team All-State and All-League last year. Her sophomore year she was first-team All-League and second-team All-State after being second-team All-League as a freshman.
She could very well be a mainstay for Bethel from Day One just as she was for Bullpups. But as much as she enjoys soccer, it’s the schooling that prompted her to sign with the Threshers.
“One of the main reasons I chose Bethel was because of their education,” Wallace said. “Their education is amazing. Their soccer program, I really like what the coach is trying to do, building and developing a program. I’d really like to be a part of that. I really appreciate how the coach runs his team and I met the team. All the girls are fantastic.”
Wallace is well-rounded as she’s a member of band, STUCO, a Senior Class officer and the National Honor Society.
She will major in natural sciences, with a minor in psychology. Her eventual goal is to get into dental school.