Rye’s Sophomore Goalkeeper Finds Her Passion Off the Field

Lexi Hijazi, a Rye High sophomore who plays for the girls’ soccer team with an eye toward playing at the Division 1 level, split her summer between recruiting camps and a trip to Africa. The Garnets’ goalkeeper of the future visited Tanzania for a safari with her family, and also brought along soccer balls for local children. Hijazi hopes to be able to integrate her love for animals and Africa with her college studies, and would like to major in marine biology.

 

Lexi Hijazi

 

Hijazi was also recently selected for the ENY ODP team as their starting keeper for a fifth consecutive year. In addition to receiving top training in the goal, Hijazi has been selected to attend the prestigious Rider Cup tournament every year since entering the program.  It is extremely competitive and a terrific opportunity for scouting as it’s attended by many of the top college coaches.

The sophomore also plays for Long Island’s East Meadow United, which returns to the Region 1 Premier League next spring for a third consecutive year. The team was formerly Levittown United but was brought into the East Meadow Club after the tragic and unexpected death of coach Gary Babicz last March. It was a tremendous loss for Hijazi and her teammates, but they showed admirable strength returning to the field just one week later to begin Region 1 play.

Hijazi started two games in goal for the Garnets to begin the 2010 season (Tatiana Saunders was unavailable), and allowed just one total goal in the two wins. The future continues to look bright for Rye girls’ soccer.

“It was a great experience,” said Hijazi. “I showed my teammates and myself that I can compete at this level. It’s amazing playing with those girls. We’re privileged to have such a talented group here in Rye.”

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