Physical play on the soccer field and Alexis McNabb (Alex, for short) are synonymous—and truth be told, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Physical play on the soccer field and Alexis McNabb (Alex, for short) are synonymous—and truth be told, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Red and black—and often black and blue—Alex pours her heart and soul into playing a game she absolutely loves. That’s the way she rolls. McNabb has been playing the game since she was five years old and has been playing with her Lady Red Devil senior teammates ever since. “Soccer has been a big part of my life,” she said. “That’s where I made all of my friends. Soccer has pretty much made me who I am today. I love the sport. I love watching it. I just love everything about it.” While she’s been a state runner-up in tennis and a state tennis tournament qualifier twice in three seasons, Alex says she actually likes soccer better. “I’m probably a lot better in tennis, but I just love soccer,” she said. “I’m more of an aggressive player than a scorer in a way,” she said. “I think I’m one of the most physical players on our team. I’m really passionate about soccer, so I really get into the games. I get aggressive and opponents get aggressive with me. That’s just how it is.” In her senior year, Alex is also trying something new. “I’m in Rave Revue and I love every second of it. I can’t tell you how much I love it. I regret I didn’t try out earlier, but I’m glad I did for my senior year. (Younger sister ) Bess is in it with me, and she actually talked me into auditioning with her. Alex says she and her sister, a junior, are not competitive. “We’re so not rivalry sisters,” she said. “We support each other in everything we do.” “My parents (Tim and Cissy McNabb) played sports growing up,” said Alex, “so I guess we get our athletic ability from both of them. My dad’s always been there to coach me on the side. He’s always got something to critique, but I’m glad he does. He tries to help us get better. That’s all he wants. And my mom always tells us we played great, that we did a good job even if we didn’t.” Alex is trying to decide between attending college at either Marshall and WVU. She’s hasn’t settled on a major yet. But rest assured, when she decides, Alex McNabb will put her heart and soul into it-—go after it with passion and aggression. That’s the way she rolls.