During her time as a member of the Madill Lady Wildcats soccer team, Alyssa Emery was always known for her outstanding offensive ability, and for wearing gold.

During her time as a member of the Madill Lady Wildcats soccer team, Alyssa Emery was always known for her outstanding offensive ability, and for wearing gold.

Not much has changed since she first stepped foot on the college stage this past season.

Emery made an immediate impact in her first season as part of the Christian Christian College of Kansas women’s soccer team, as she scored seven goals with three assists on the season.

She was also named as a First-Team All-NCCAA Central Region Selection, and a Second-Team selection on the All-Conference team for the Sooner Athletic Conference team.

While she had quite the stellar freshman season, Emery did admit that there were several differences between playing in high school and college soccer.

“The biggest difference between high school and college soccer is probably the level of commitment,” Emery said. “Competition is definitely tougher as well, and the coaches expect a lot out of us, so we have to make sure we meet those expectations, and exceed them.”

During her time as a Madill Lady Wildcats player, Emery was a standout during all four years of her career.

In her senior season, she scored more than 10 goals for the Lady Wildcats, leading them to a playoff berth in Class 4A.

She was also named as the first ever Best of the Arbuckles Preps Girls Soccer Player of the Year following her senior season.

While she has gotten to win multiple awards during high school and now in college, Emery got to experience another special moment this season when she scored her first goal as a college player.

“Getting to score my first goal as a collegiate player was extremely special,” Emery said. “It was honestly a dream come true for me. Playing at this level has always been my dream growing up. I have to give all the glory to God, because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have made it her to Central with such perfect timing in my life.”

Another special moment this season for Emery and her teammates was when they received an At-Large bid to compete in the NCCAA National Championship tournament in Kissimmee, Florida.

It was the third time in four seasons the Lady Tigers had been selected for the tournament. 

Before the tournament, the Tigers and the rest of the competing teams got to participate in a Christian service project which was organized by the NCCAA which was used to benefit the community of Kissimmee. 

As for the tournament itself, the Lady Tigers were blanked in their three pool play games against Oklahoma Wesleyan, Grace College and Warner University. 

“Getting to play in the NCCAA tournament was absolutely incredible,” Emery said. “To have the opportunity to travel to Florida and be surrounded by teams from all over that just love to play soccer as much as I do was amazing. Being among the best of the best teams and playing against them was one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

“Even though we didn’t get the result we were hoping for, I’m still excited for this upcoming season,” Emery added. “We have another opportunity to show the other teams what we’re made of and what we’re capable of doing.” 

As for her future plans, Emery plans to graduate in 2022 as she is currently majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Ministry. She plans to teach in a school as well as be a soccer coach and find a church she can get heavily involved in. 

“I’m looking forward to being able to continually prove myself to this coaching staff,” Emery said. “Playing time isn’t a guarantee, so that’s what continues to drive me and keeps me working hard. The ultimate goal is to eventually make it to the NAIA D1 National Tournament as well as make another appearance at the NCCAA National Tournament.”

As for her former team in Madill, Emery said she gets regular updates from her family on how the team is doing, and she tries to pop in every once in a while to see a game or to stop by practice.