Senior Alexandra Schlobohm signed her national letter of intent to play Division 1 Soccer at Boston University on Wednesday afternoon in the New Providence High School Media Center with family and friends by her side.
Schlobohm, a center midfielder for the New Providence Varsity Soccer team, played a key role in the Pioneers’ winning two state championships in 2010 and 2011, as well as three sectional and three conference championships between 2009 and 2011.
Schlobohm, a two-time Patch Athlete of the Week for her accomplishments with the NPHS soccer and track teams, was recruited as a forward for Boston during her junior year and was offered a partial scholarship. She is committed to playing for four years.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for so long. I just can’t believe that it happened and I’m so excited,” Schlobohm told Patch after the ceremony. “When I sought out colleges, I was looking for the best balance between academics and the soccer programs, and I think Boston definitely was the best fit for me. I was interested in a lot and I visited a ton, but when I left Boston, I definitely had a feeling that would be the place for me.”
Despite a torn ACL that prevented Schlobohm from playing with the team last fall, she scored a total of 38 goals and had 28 assists throughout her NPHS soccer career, said Girls’ Soccer Head Coach Scott Murphy. The injury occurred during Pioneers’ third scrimmage of the season.
“When she got injured, we were thinking maybe [Boston] would take her spot away and immediately, they didn’t, which is another reason I think she’s going to a very good place,” Murphy told Patch. “They are more caring about the person than the athlete or the position. And from what I understand, her rehab is going great and hopefully, by end of the spring, she’ll be ready to go 100% and ready to go for freshman season.”
Murphy said Schlobohm played a huge part in his team winning two state championships and he’s very proud of her.
“There’s only a few players I’ve coached that have gotten to a D1 level and with her, especially coming off the injury her senior year and battling back and getting to go to Boston University — which is, aside from being a great soccer school, a very good academic school — it’s great for her and I couldn’t be prouder of her,” he said.
And not surprisingly, Schlobohm said her best moments with the team were winning both state championships.
“Definitely winning the state championship for sophomore and junior year was incomparable to any soccer moment I’ve had,” Schlobohm said. “I’m so happy I was a part of the team for that, and it was amazing. Besides that, I can’t compare that to the goals I’ve scored or anything. I think that was the best part of playing high school soccer.”
Although Schlobohm is also a runner on the Pioneers’ track team, she said she loves soccer, as she began playing at a young age. She said, “It’s what I’m meant to do.”
Growing up, Schlobohm said her sister, Rachel, also played soccer and set a strong example for her. They even had a chance to play together at New Providence High when Alex was a freshman and Rachel was a senior.
“My older sister plays for Cornell. She’s in Spain studying abroad right now. If I didn’t have her as a role model to watch her do it before me, I don’t know how my path would have changed just because she’s a very determined, hardworking player and definitely motivates me,” Schlobohm said. “It has always been that way. We’ve always been super competitive and she’s my role model.”
While Schlobohm hasn’t decided on her major yet, she’s leaning towards business and finance.
“I just want to congratulate you,” Athletic Director Rob Harmer said to Alex before she signed her letter of intent. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve watched you play soccer and you’re a fabulous player. We wish you good luck in your future, as we know you’re going to do great at Boston University.”
Check out our video above to watch Alex sign her letter of intent with Boston University.