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March 30, 2013

College kick: Salem's Bryant makes verbal commitment to Hartford

Salem’s Alix Bryant has always let her skills on the soccer field speak for themselves.

Over the past three seasons, Bryant has been a defensive genius in the midfield for the Witches, covering the top players in the Northeastern Conference — and the college scouts took note of it.

Bryant, who will wrap up her junior year in school this spring, recently gave a verbal commitment to attend the University of Hartford in the fall of 2014.

“I was looking at a couple of other schools, but the University of Hartford seemed like a good fit for me,” said Bryant. “I had a chance to visit the campus and meet the coach and players. I was able to watch a few scrimmages and I liked their style of play. They play a similar possession based game, like we do on my Aztec club team and I could relate to that style.”

Bryant, 17, joined Aztec Soccer after her high school soccer season wrapped up in November and gained even more college exposure. With help from her club coach Dushawne Simpson, Bryant was able to get in touch with several college coaches, before making her decision to play for the Division 1 Hawks.

The Hawks went 11-5-3 last season and lost to Stony Brook in the America East Finals in November. Head coach John Natale, who Bryant met with several times and corresponds with through email, has guided the Hawks to five America East Championship appearances and one trip to the NCAA Tournament, and Bryant is sure to be a perfect fit in the program.

A two-time NEC all-star, she’ll reprise her role as captain again next season for the Witches. Bryant has played every minute of every game since her freshman season.

“She has taken on any challenge that I have asked of her, playing on defense and midfield, taking our free kicks and showing a never-give-up attitude for her teammates to follow,” said Salem head coach Fred Day. “Alix has been blessed with tremendous athleticism and continues to grow and improve her soccer skills. She has been a quiet leader most of the time, choosing to lead by example with her work ethic and dedication to team.

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