Football scholar Jordan Alexander enjoyed a season to remember on the other side of the Atlantic after helping Fort Lewis College win their divisional championship.
The former Soham Town Rangers player scored eight goals in a hugely successful campaign that culminated in the college winning the NCAA Division Two Championship final. It is the highest accolade the team can win as American colleges are put into divisions according to their size, and hence cannot be promoted or relegated.
"Jordan has done really well," said proud mum Gill. "He’s scored eight goals in total. It’s not the most in the team, but it’s right up there with the top scorers. A lot of the goals were shared throughout the team."
The college came through the regular season as one of the top teams to qualify for the semi-finals. A comfortable win over Millersville Marauders saw Fort Lewis emerge as 3-0 winners, with 20-year-old Alexander providing the assist for the third goal. The final against Lynn was a much closer affair, with Fort Lewis coming from behind and snatching victory with a golden-goal header in extra time. Alexander was in the squad but did not get on the pitch during the game, but his contribution over the season had been invaluable.
In October, he was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Most Offensive Player of the Week after scoring twice in two games against Montana State-Billings and Colorado Christian. Alexander is two years into a four-year scholarship he secured through the company Pass4Soccer. He is studying for a degree in journalism, but his long-term ambition is to get a full-time football contract.
"When he finishes his studying he wants to come back to England and get a full-time deal at a club over here," said his mother. "It’s still early days so we’ll have to wait and see."
: Cambridge News