Shaun Scott/staff photo                                Skyline Spartans senior defender Mariah Alexander will continue her soccer career at Seattle Pacific University in 2018.

Shaun Scott/staff photo Skyline Spartans senior defender Mariah Alexander will continue her soccer career at Seattle Pacific University in 2018.

Alexander anchors the Spartans stingy defense

Skyline Spartans senior defender Mariah Alexander is determined to see her team dominate in her final season of high school soccer in 2017.

The Spartans, who have compiled an overall record of 9-2, have outscored their opponents 29-6 thus far. Alexander wants her team to go as far as they can on the soccer pitch in 2017.

“We want to win the KingCo championship for what I believe would be the fifth year in a row. We then want to move on to state (tournament) and see what we can do from there,” Alexander said.

The Spartans’ soccer tradition is well known. The Skyline soccer program won Class 4A state titles in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

“It is about being together as a family and upholding the Skyline tradition. It is a lot to hold on your shoulders but we know we can do it,” Alexander said.

She said the starting four defenders have played on the same teams together since they were in the fifth grade in 2010.

“We’re on the same club team (ISC Gunners) and we just really have a strong bond. We are friends on and off the field and it is that which keeps us together and strong,” she said.

Recently the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter had an opportunity to ask Alexander a few questions about her life away from the soccer field.

Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?

Mariah Alexander: “Billy Madison.” I love the actor Adam Sandler. My brother and I have been watching him for years.

ISR: What is your favorite restaurant in Sammamish?

MA: I like going to The Ram. My family eats there sometimes. It is just a nice place to go.

ISR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?

MA: I love to go sea-shelling. My grandma has a condo in Fort Myers, Florida and we go there every year to go sea-shelling.

ISR: What song are you listening to the most in your iPod right now?

MA: “Body Like A Back Road.” (Country music song).

ISR: Where do you see yourself in five years?

MA: I see myself graduated from Seattle Pacific University (Alexander will play collegiate soccer there) and working in the business world.

ISR: Who was your favorite athlete to watch growing up?

MA: I like Hope Solo (professional women’s soccer player). She is tough and she has a lot of grit.

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