Owens plans to lead by example on the pitch this coming fall.
April 26, 2012
By James Jeffers
UT Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee forward Alexis Owens already has high expectations for herself and her teammates entering the coming fall season. With up and coming players that lead by example like Owens, it is hard to doubt that the Lady Vol soccer team will be anything but great this fall.
Owens plans on imprinting the Orange and White into the minds of the opponents with her last season.
"I'm excited for this season to start, and I am excited to win the SEC tournament. We can't wait to go into the NCAA tournament, and we are ready for our team to blow up," Owens said. "We have more of a responsibility leading on and off the field. Our junior class has definitely stepped up, and I like to consider myself a silent leader because I like to lead by example."
Along with the junior class stepping up, there is also a sense of excitement the team shares over newly hired head coach Brian Pensky that translates to performance and enthusiasm on the field.
Owens understands that there is much knowledge to be gained from her new coach who was named the 2010 Soccer America Coach of the Year while at the University of Maryland.
"I didn't know what to expect at first," said Owens, "but it has been great." "He brings excitement, and we are happy to be at practice. We were blown away when we got him as our coach."
Owens made it very clear that the addition of coach Pensky to the Tennessee family was an exciting one.
"He has a great history, and he knows how to beat teams like North Carolina, which is one of the best teams in the nation," said Owens. "You know he is going to teach you a lot (as a player). We are going to have a huge experience and I feel like I have already learned so much from him in the short season that we have had so far. The ways he coaches and talks to the team are easy to understand."
Prior to all the excitement surrounding her soccer career and moving with her family to Indiana at an early age, Owens was born a Knoxville native. She was formally one of "Pats Pals" that would high five the Lady Vols basketball team as they came out of the tunnel. The University of Tennessee was always highly thought of by Owens, and would remain her number one school to attend throughout high school.
"I have always been drawn back to Knoxville for some reason, whether it has been sports or growing up here," said Owens. "It has always been a home to me. This university is awesome. You come into a great program, a great stadium, great people, and it was kind of overwhelming at the same time. I was also anxious with not knowing what to expect."
Without a doubt, Owens feels she made the right choice in choosing Tennessee. With all the excitement surrounding this season's team, Owens sets her sights on winning the SEC tournament and obtaining another hat trick against rivals like Florida. With the end near, it doesn't matter how many years she has played, but how she is remembered playing those years.
The Owens File
-Class: Rising Senior
-Hometown: Carmel, Ind.
-Major: Business Management