• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 30 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 161 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Alayna Bailey

Senior, soccer

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Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

High School: Hoover

Why Central?
The reason I chose Central is because I wanted to play soccer and I love the small town feel of Pella. I wanted somewhere close to home, yet far enough away. I stayed with the soccer team for a weekend and the girls were the main reason I came to Central. 

Who is your favorite professor and why?
Coach Katelin Gannon teaches exercise science classes and is also one of my soccer coaches. I enjoy her classes because they are fun and engaging, and she provides a passion that is contagious to her students.  

You are majoring in Exercise Science w/Health because…
I enjoy living a healthy and fitness-oriented lifestyle. I love participating in athletics and being active throughout the day. I also like helping others and sharing my knowledge of fitness with those around me.

What is your favorite Central memory?
As my senior year is underway, I hope to create many more amazing memories, but so far my fondest memory has been being with my Central Dutch soccer girls in and out of season. The entire soccer season as a whole is a favorite time for me.

What do you love most about being a member of the Central Dutch women’s soccer team?
As cliché as is it sounds, the team is like a family. We treat each other as sisters. We practice together, compete together and see each other outside of soccer events, as well.

Is it your goal to score as many goals in one season as the number on your jersey (last season: 15 goals, #18)?
It sure is now! I have been working hard all summer. My main goal is to score as many goals as I can to help my team succeed. I would be very happy if I scored 18 (or more).

What is your go-to goal celebration and why?
I celebrate with my teammates after a goal, but I don’t do anything too flashy. I get excited because my teammates are excited.

What is your favorite activity to do in your free time and why?
In my free time I like to relax, hang out with friends and watch movies. I also enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, sand volleyball, basketball and canoeing.

What is your favorite soccer team (MLS or international)?
I don’t closely follow any professional teams, but I do like watching the US Women’s National team. I’ll watch any match on TV.

Which is correct: soccer or fútbol?
Depends on the country you’re in. Haha.

“This season I hope that…”
I hope that we continue to improve and, as a team, make it further in the conference tournament. Being my last year at Central, I’d like the season to last as long as possible.

Bucket list (list items that you want to do/accomplish in your life)
I would love to go to Europe again!

 


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