Easterwood signs with Martin Methodist
Cornersville High School senior Alexis Easterwood will get to compete on pitch for four more years after signing a letter of intent to play soccer at Martin Methodist College on Friday afternoon at the CHS gymnasium.
Easterwood first caught the eye of the Martin Methodist coaching staff at a tryout camp last August and was offered a scholarship a week later. She will be joining a traditionally strong Red Hawk program that posted a 14-6-1 record last season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament.
"I'm ecstatic. It's been my dream to play college soccer ever since I was little. It's also nice to be able to play at a school that's close to home so my family can watch me play," said Easterwood.
"I don't know what position they want me to play there. I just want to go in and compete."
A four-year starter at midfielder and sweeper for Cornersville, Easterwood will likely start her college career on Martin Methodist's junior varsity team, but the Red Hawk coaching staff believes that she has the potential to contribute down the road.
"Number one she's a great person. That's the first thing that we look at. She's very athletic and could possibly play several positions for us. You can work on a person's technique, but you can't teach them to be fast," said Martin Methodist assistant coach Will Austin.
"Typically we start all freshmen on the JV team, and if they play well there, we move them up."
Although she only scored a handful of goals during her CHS career, Easterwood was the lynchpin of the Lady Bulldogs defense and earned all-district honors her junior year while helping lead Cornersville to a 6-6-1 record that season.
"Alexis was a key player in my defense and was the glue that held it all together. She directed our defense and continuously got better each year I coached her," said Cornersville coach Lindsey Browning.
"Her speed, her leadership, and her determination are her strengths. She has a willingness to learn and is a hard worker. She wants to get better and get the job done."
Alexis also excels in the classroom and currently boasts a 3.7 GPA. Its apparent Easterwood will give it her all at Martin Methodist both on and off the field.