Head Coach John Ross and goalkeeper Amy Carr talk about the Huskies fall camp and look ahead to their exhibition match with Valparaiso Friday August 16 versus Valparaiso.
2015 SEASON: Started all 18 games as a central defender during her junior season, extending her consecutive start streak to 32 matches...led NIU in minutes played with 1,627...one of three Huskies to start every match and the only non-senior to do so...attempted one shot...picked up a yellow card at Baylor (Sept. 11)....helped the Huskies post consecutive shutouts against Miami (Oct. 18) and Bowling Green (Oct. 23) and finish the season on a four-game unbeaten streak...also earned a place on the Academic All-MAC Team for the second consecutive season.
2014 SEASON: Played in all 21 games with 17 starts for NIU...started every conference game at center back, helping the Huskies allow just 11 goals in 11 games in MAC play...scored at Hawai'i (Aug. 28)...attempted five shots...named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Second Team, the first Huskie since 2009 to receive that honor...also earned a place on the Academic All-MAC Team as one of seven eligible players in the entire conference to have a 4.0 GPA.
2013 SEASON: Appeared in 20 games, making 15 starts in her rookie campaign ... Was on the field for a total of 1181 minutes on the season ... Fired the opening salvo in NIU's win over Lewis (Sept. 1) ... attempted two shots, both heading for the mark ... Named to 2013 MAC All-Freshman women's soccer team, becoming the fourth athlete in NIU history to accomplish the feat.
BOULDER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time soccer letter winner and once in track ... Team captain during senior year and team MVP after junior season ... Named best defensive player after freshman year ... Honorable mention all-conference as a freshman ... Finished senior season with five goals and eight assists ... High school team advanced to the 5A state quarterfinals in 2012 (18-1-2) ... State tournament qualifier in 2011.
CLUB/ODP: Played for SC Del Sol ... Four year team captain ... 2010 Regional ODP camp participant ... Team attended the 2012 ECNL National Championship ... 2012 Surf Cup Semifinalists ... 2011 State Cup Champions ... Scored one goal last season in 10 appearances ... Registered a goal and an assist last year in 23 contests ... Coached by Les Armstrong.
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS: Born January 11, 1995 ... Daughter of Mark and Anne Elias ... Majoring in mathematics with an emphasis in teaching... National Honor Society member ... Involved in numerous community service projects, including blood drives, food banks and trashing malaria ... Enjoys attending professional sporting events, hiking and exploring new restaurants.
COACH ROSS ON ELIAS: "Alex is very composed on the ball and very skilled as an outside back or centre midfielder. She's very technical and very patient, athletic and strong in the air. She is a good kid and an unbelievable player with great skill."
CAREER HIGHS: Goals: 1, (x2, last 8/28/14) Asissts: - Shots: 2 (CSU, 9/12/14)