As a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team, senior Blake Allison knew soccer was something she always wanted to play since third grade.
Allison will get the chance after signing last week with St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
Allison said she chose St. Louis College of Pharmacy because she wanted to go into pharmacy, and the athletic scholarship persuaded her to pick this school.
Although Allison still has one season left with the Lady Pirates soccer program, she’ll return under a new coach and new system under head coach Kaz James. Allison played the previous three years for former coach Tim Brown.
As for the 2017 season, Allison finished with eight goals and nine assists for the Lady Pirates but knows that in order to play at the next level she will have to work on her foot skills.
Allison said the coach at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is looking for her to play on the wing, either as a mid-fielder or a forward.
As for her short term goals in college, Allison said she wants to be an outstanding player and help the team in succeeding. As for her long term goals, she said it’s to never give up and succeed.
Of course Allison already has a highlight to her career even though the 2018 season could bring a new one. She said so far the highlight would be during her freshman year in high school when the Lady Pirates were playing sectionals against St. Pius X out of Kansas City.
“It was the second half and we were down 1-0 and I passed the ball to my teammate, who scored: the game was tied 1-1,” Allison said. “Unfortunately, we lost in penalty kicks to St. Pius X.”
Allison also credits her club soccer coach, Jimi Barbarotta, because he helped her since the beginning.
“Jimi was probably the biggest influence on me in soccer,” Allison said. “He always did his best to make me better, and supported me through anything.”
In addition to St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Allison said she was also looking at UMKC. “I was set on going there,” Allison said, “but then this opportunity at St. Louis School of Pharmacy came along and it just felt like the better choice.”