Name: Alyssa Francese
School: Yorktown High School
Sport: Girls soccer
Athletic accomplishments: As of Thursday, Francese had seven goals and an assist, including one goal in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to John Jay-East Fishkill. She holds the school record for goals in a season with 25. In three years of playing soccer for the Huskers, she has 59 goals and 31 assists. She has been the captain of the soccer team for two years. Francese has been a starter on varsity since her freshman year. She’s earned all-section and all-league honors each year. Last year, she was named fifth-team all-state. Francese is the point guard for the basketball team. She’s committed to play soccer for Stony Brook University.
Academic accomplishments: Francese currently holds an unweighted 92.959 GPA, weighted as a 93.450. She’s taking the NYS Regents with Advanced Designation. She scored 1,750 on the SATs. She’ll be going to Stony Brook University next year to possibly major in business. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and has been on the Principal’s List since she has been in high school. After school, she’s a member of Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse. She’s volunteered with the Grace Foundation and for Recycled Paws as a Foster Puppy Parent. In the community, Francese coaches and trains local soccer players from the Yorktown Youth Soccer Club from grades second through eighth. She was a playkeeper for the Yorktown Athletic Club Youth Football Program for two years.
Getting to know Alyssa Francese
The Journal News: How’s the soccer season going?
Alyssa Francese: I think it’s going really well so far. We have really great team chemistry. We all get along really well. We work well together and have a lot of fun playing together. I think that helps us on the field.
TJN: Of all the sports, why did you choose to play soccer?
AF: I started like any other little kid playing with my friends and I just fell in love with the game. It took off from there wanting to play every day and on different teams.
TJN: When you first started playing soccer, was playing at the next level something that you always wanted to do or was it something that came to you while in high school?
AF: It started from when I was little. For as far back as I could remember, I told my parents and family that I’d play Division I soccer when I was older. That’s what I set my goals for and I was lucky enough to achieve them.
TJN: How did you know you wanted to continue playing soccer once you got older?
AF: I felt it. I loved playing so much from when I was little I knew I never wanted it to end. I always wanted to keep playing at higher and better levels and make myself better.
TJN: What’s the plan then post-college? The National Women’s Soccer League? The Olympics?
AF: The thought crossed my mind — I’d love to keep playing. If it didn’t happen, I’d want to coach at a high level. After college, hopefully open up my own soccer training facility to help younger athletes. I know I always want to be around the sport. When the day comes that I can’t play anymore, I want to help others learn to play and better themselves.
TJN: When you get to Stony Brook next year, do you know what you want to study that may or may not help you stay involved with soccer?
AF: I’ve always seemed to want to give back in some way just because I love the sport so much. I might want to study business so I can open up my own business.
TJN: Did you always want to be coach?
AF: Yes, I actually help coach the youth travel teams. I help coach two different teams. It’s nice to go to their practices and games and see how they even look up to me. They come to my games and talk about me.
TJN: What does it mean to you to be in the position to give back to soccer the way you do?
AF: It’s a really nice and cool feeling. The really little girls have asked for an autograph and picture like I’m a big star. It makes me happy to see they look up to the older girls playing in the town.
TJN: Is that weird or pretty cool when the little kids ask for your autograph?
AF: It’s a little bit awkward but flattering at the same time. It made me smile when it happened. I had to ask them if they were serious, thinking they could be kidding. The little girl who asked was serious.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.