Alex Chapman experienced an accomplished career as a member of the Abington Heights girls soccer team. It just didn't end they way she would have liked.
Just a few goals away from breaking the school's goals record, Chapman suffered an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tear, ending her season.
Despite the disappointing end, Chapman characterized her years on the team as enjoyable.
I met a lot of great friends and have a lot of great memories that will last for the rest of my life, she said. The team was really close…especially this year. We were like a big family.
Winning the district title all four years was a lot of fun.
While it was difficult not being able to finish her season, Chapman credits her teammates for easing the pain and frustration.
The girls definitely showed a lot of support, she said. They visited me after the surgery and offered to give rides because I can't drive.
They made it 10 times easier.
Watching the team play in the district and state playoffs was tough for the all-region player.
It was hard sitting and watching my teammates play, Chapman said I wish that I could have helped. When I was watching, I saw things that I knew I could help with, but obviously I couldn't. I just tried to be as supportive as possible.
Abington Heights head coach E.T. Hunter described Chapman as a player to be counted on in a big situation.
She was a standout player and a really natural forward, Hunter said. She had dry spells like all good players do, but when she bounced back she was very difficult to control and hold back.
Hunter added that the senior's mentality was always positive, even after the injury.
Along with her ability as a player, she has a very good head on her shoulders, he said. Her demeanor and attitude is always positive. She was always very supportive of the girls. Her commitment to the team didn't slow down at all after her injury. She was on the sidelines for every game and practice.
Champan hopes to be able to return for the spring track and field season to compete in the javelin and shot put events.
I've been doing everything the trainers tell me to do, she said. They are really great and are always encouraging me. Chapman has been in rehabilitation three times a week at ProCare Physical Therapy.
I've been lifting to build up my upper body strength just in case I'm able to compete, she said.