Riley Alvey is in his third with Dallas Baptist and there is no question he is making the most of it.
In five games, the junior midfielder/forward has struck for a team-best four goals and two assists.
His effort has helped the team get off to a 2-2-1 start, putting the Patriots a win shy of matching their total from all of last year. Despite the positive start, there is still plenty of work to do.
“I feel that I have had a strong start to the season but I always feel there is room for improvement,” Alvey said. “As a team with new freshmen and a new coach, I feel that we have really meshed together as one team. We have played good so far but there is a lot of work to to be done to have a really successful season.”
Alvey was a second-team All Heartland Conference selection last year, scoring five goals and one assist. He came through with three goals and two assists as a freshman.
“I give God all the glory for my success in my soccer career,” Alvey said. “Without Him, I wouldn’t be the athlete or the person I am today. I would say the biggest adjustment I had to make while playing college soccer was the difference in the speed of the game and the physicality of it.”
While Alvey has stepped up for the Patriots, he continues to strive to be the best player he can be.
“I plan to improve in every area, on and off the field,” Alvey said. “From the technical stuff to getting stronger and in better shape. There isn’t just one thing I need to fix or improve. You can never be skilled in just one area.”
Alvey has high expectations for himself and the team and is going to do everything he can to meet those expectations.
“My personal expectation for this season is to make all conference and region for sure as well as be the top scorer in the conference,” Alvey said. “My main focus is what and how we do as a team. I expect us to win the conference and go to the (postseason).”