Junior soccer player Alexandra Doller’s journey to Arizona has been an extensive one. She’s playing for her third team in three years, after stints at Arizona State and Paradise Valley Community College. But now, in her first season as a Wildcat, Doller is excelling under first-year head coach Tony Amato.
Following a record-breaking high school career and earning all-state honors all four years at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Doller accepted a scholarship at Arizona State. The striker was leading the Sun Devils with five goals through seven games when a torn ACL ended her season.
After a seven-month rehabilitation process, Doller enrolled at Paradise Valley Community College where she scored a team-high 31 goals and recorded 15 assists, while leading the Pumas to an undefeated season and the NJCAA National Championship.
After exhausting her eligibility at the junior college level, Doller had another decision to make. She chose to stay close to home and attend Arizona. And through the first nine games, she has been an offensive force for Amato.
“Ali is a good player,” Amato said. “She is one of those goal scorers who you feel like just has a knack for finding the back of the net. She has an outgoing personality, has a lot of energy and works hard, so she brings a lot to the dynamic of the team.”
Through nine games, Doller has scored four goals, second most on the team, and assisted two more.
The junior has proved to be a sparkplug for a team that had its share of troubles in recent years. The Wildcats finished the non-conference portion of their schedule 5-1-3, their fewest losses through nine games since 2004 and two wins away from equaling UA’s total wins from 2011 and 2012.
She credits her early success as a Wildcat to her previous collegiate experience.
“I think it helps that I played Division I before,” said Doller. “My team and my coaches have all been really supportive and we’ve been working really hard.”
As the team preps for the start of Pac-12 play, Doller will continue to play a key role in Arizona’s pursuit of its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2005.
“We just have to keep working hard,” said Doller, who credits the team’s camaraderie as a large part of its success. “We have to keep liking each other and always think, ‘win’.”
“Thinking win” has worked for Doller so far, who has been a part of just one loss in the past two years, spanning two seasons including an undefeated campaign with Paradise Valley Community College.
Doller has helped Amato come in and immediately change the culture surrounding Arizona soccer. Though she is not the only contributing newcomer, her impact has been immeasurable for the Wildcats.
Arizona soccer opens pac-12 play on Sun., Sept. 29 with a home match vs. No. 11 UCLA. The match will start at 2 p.m. and will air live on pac-12 Networks.