Alex Gilgorri (‘19) is new to the Forest following her transfer from NJIT, but in her second semester here she is wasting no time making a huge impact on the women’s soccer team’s offense. Thus far, she has scored four goals and made two assists for the Rangers. She is second on the team for goals scored and tied for most points, with 10.
The history major made the switch to Drew last winter to be pushed to her limits, both on the field and in the classroom. She is especially thankful towards her professors as well as her family, friends and coaches as they have all been tremendously supportive of her throughout the transfer process. Her teammates have also helped her through the process, saying that being a part of the soccer team has helped her “get more acclimated to Drew and meet wonderful people dedicated to sports and academics.” Gilgorri also noted the friendly and welcoming community found here- she wants everyone to come out and support at the home games; the team truly loves having the fans and support at their home games.
Despite the love and support she receives from the Drew community, Gilgorri still cites balancing the academic expectations that her professors hold for her with her athletic commitments to be challenging. Outside of her athletic and academic commitments, Gilgorri enjoys spending her time hanging out with her friends and family. She has no plans to leave them to study abroad, but after graduation she wants to spend time living in a different country.
Although the season is just beginning, Gilgorri has seen growth across the board for the Rangers and the team has been able to develop a more mature way of playing too, which will hopefully lead to more wins as they soon kickoff Landmark Conference action. In her time in the Forest, she hopes to see her team and program grow as well as win a conference title. Despite coming from a Division I program, she is still impressed with the level of play at the Division III level. Throughout the season, she feels she has been playing with as well as against some incredible athletes. She has also played against many soccer-savvy players, leading to a very competitive level of play.
If you want to see Gilgorri and her teammates in action, check out their next home game Saturday, September 23 at 1pm against their first Landmark Conference opponent, Elizabethtown College.