Former Stuarts Draft girls soccer star Mayzie Lewis was the definition of an impact player during her career with the Lady Cougars. She got better as the years went on, scoring over 40 goals in her senior season as Lewis carried her team to the state championship game. The Lady Cougars lost last year to the dynasty that is George Mason, but Lewis finished with first team all conference and all state awards.
Now, she is doing it all over again on the college level.
A freshman soccer player at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Lewis started exactly where she left off.
In her debut this year, Lewis scored three goals in the season opener, a 4-1 win over Wilson. In her first three games, she had 10 goals and has 12 on the season.
“It’s great. I love the school, my academics are great,” Lewis said. “With soccer, I love all the girls. We have all become so close.”
But, she hasn’t exactly been playing like a freshman.
“She impacted the program from the first day,” said Mary Baldwin head coach Homes Tehrani, who coached Lewis years back in travel soccer. “I went to see several of her games in the past, including the regional final which they lost to George Mason. I knew if I could get her to our school, she would have a major impact … From day one, she has been very dedicated and serious. That impacted everybody else. During the earlier part of the season, she had major impacts on our wins. Sometimes I had to pull her away from scoring and ask her to help others score. That is such a great thing.”
It’s a great thing that almost never happened. After her high school career was done, Lewis said it was her last game, not expecting to play competitively again as she aimed to go to James Madison after some time at Blue Ridge Community College.
“I was expecting to go to Blue Ridge and put my soccer hat up and say I’m done,” Lewis said. “I realized Mary Baldwin was a really great school. It all fell into place.”
To know just how big of an impact she has had, you just have to look at recent results. An ankle injury kept her out for two weeks, and the team felt it, scoring no goals since the setback on September 28 against Maryville (Tn.). She said she is currently at 100 percent health and is ready to be her old self, returning to action last week.
But, it hasn’t all been easy. The team, which is 5-8, is on a seven-game losing streak and is aiming to find its scoring touch against stiff competition, while looking stability in defense. Sometimes there are just 12 players available for games, and when you field 11, fatigue sets in. She hopes that more girls go to the private college and help boost the program.
“It is just a really great experience,” Lewis said of college. “I don’t regret any decision I’ve made.”
Lewis is currently living at home in Stuarts Draft, which has aided the transition from high school life to college.
“Living at home has really been nice, getting to come home to my bed, a home cooked meal,” she said. “The actual school work hasn’t been that hard. It’s been better than I expected.”
Lewis has been as good as expected. She is two goals away from tying the single-season goals record at MBC at 14, which is impressive considering she missed time. Lewis, who is majoring in elementary education, hopes to teach in the future and be a coach. But now, she is hoping to continue to shine on the pitch. Something she has always done.
“She has a very good sense of [location], she has great ball skills and a vicious shot,” Tehrani said. “If she puts it on target, there is no way the keeper can get it. She could be one of the best players [in school history].”