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MILLER STAYS FOCUSED ON AND OFF THE FIELD Class: Redshirt Sophomore Hometown: Raleigh, N.C. Major: Biology

TEAM SUCCESS ON SEASON

ECU’s women’s soccer team holds a record of 10-6-3 (6-2-3 in Conference USA play) for the season. The Lady Pirates hold shutout victories over Old Dominion University, Davidson College, University Texas El-Paso, Colorado College, University Alabama at Birmingham, Houston University, and Marshall University. INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS

After a season-ending ACL injury during the final day of training before the start of her freshman season, Miller battled through rehab to have a breakout season for the Lady Pirates. Miller was determined not to quit no matter the circumstances. “One thing I’ve learned is that if you want something bad enough and your willing to work for it, you will get it, because, eventually, someone will quit and you’ll be there still working,” says Miller. FROM THE COACH

Finishing the season second in goals with season, Miller’s physicality and presences on the pitch shakes up opponents, according to head coach Rob Donnenwirth. 12 PURPLE!

“Lexi is a tremendous athlete, I would hate to play against her, she’s hard and physical and, I think, a pretty intimidating player. She has a great work rate and she is huge for us,” says Donnenwirth. “We are a hardworking blue-collar team and our players have a will to win,” added Donnenwirth. ACADEMIC/CAREER GOALS

Miller, a biology major, stays busy the pitch also. The rigorous class schedule and ambition to work in the medical field keeps her focused in the classroom. However, Miller’s goals are simple. “I want to win, I want a ring, I want our team to create a legacy. I want everything,” says Miller. LIFE OF A STUDENT-ATHLETE

Miller loves the Pirate atmosphere and the coaches and players were so welcoming that she felt at home right from the first visit. Once arriving on campus, she began to mesh with the student-athlete lifestyle. “Being a student-athlete makes you stay focused, you have no choice but to prioritize your life, because if you don’t, then someone with higher priority will,” says Miller. Miller’s normal day consists of morning rehab/treatment (if injured or recovering from a nagging injury), class, practice, film, rest, then hours of homework before she can finally call it a night.

JAY CLARK

Alexis Miller

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

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