Though no events or games are taking place this fall on campus, St. Bonaventure student-athletes still have great stories to tell. During the fall semester, GoBonnies.com will feature members from each of our 17 Division I teams – how they're adjusting to the new norms of campus life, preparing for the upcoming seasons and more.
In this edition, we feature women's soccer senior Alex Thompson.
Thompson, a West Chester native, has appeared in 55 career games in three seasons with the Bonnies, making 48 starts. Last season, Thompson started all 18 matches, totaling 1,587 minutes. She's also been a member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll the past three years for her success in the classroom.
She was a standout at Delaware County Christian prior to Bonaventure, scoring 62 career goals 58 career assists. A multi-sport athlete, she also played basketball in high school and played for Penn Fusion 98 ECNL Composite summer travel team.
How have you adapted to the new changes on campus regarding COVID safety protocols? Have they helped make you feel safer since coming back?
I live off-campus, so my life has not been too affected by the new guidelines on campus, like wearing a mask around dorms or not being able to enter other buildings. But I agree with the changes and think they have been working really well so far, considering the extremely low cases the school has had. I definitely feel safe when I do go on campus for class or soccer practice; everyone wears their masks and follows social distancing guidelines!
What did you do over the spring/summer to stay in shape and get ready to get back to practices this fall (and was it difficult to find places to workout/practice because of quarantines)?
I like to run a lot, so running became apart of my everyday routine in quarantine, especially when there was nothing else to do. As restrictions loosened around the Philadelphia area I was also able to practice with my club soccer team a couple days a week! I was not able to lift as much as I should have, but the team is slowly getting back into lifting now that we're back on campus.
What was one good thing that came out of the spring sports shutdown and odd summer for you? Did you develop any new hobbies/interests?
All this time off gave me plenty of time to work as an EMT and gain experience in the healthcare field during this pandemic.
What messages/advice have your coaches given you for staying positive during these tough times?
My coaches are confident that we will get a season this year, even though it is not happening in the fall. They are pushing us to stay mentally and physically tough. Every girl on the team has the responsibility to share an inspiring quote one day of the month to keep our spirits high.
Even though there are no competitions this fall, how excited are you to get back to workouts with your team? Do you look at practices and work with your teammates any differently since the COVID shutdown?
I was extremely eager to get back into things as soon as we were able. Our team was lucky enough to be able to slowly start practicing during the second week of classes. Although we are split into groups at different sides of the fields, playing non-contact, and cannot have any scrimmages, we are glad to have the opportunity to practice right now, as so many teams are not.
What was the one thing you were most looking forward to about returning to Bonaventure?
I was most excited to see my teammates I have not seen for nearly six months and to meet all the new players joining our team this year!
What is your favorite class at Bonaventure and why (now or previously)?
My favorite class I've taken at Bonaventure was the Neurobiology course I took last spring. Although it was moved to online learning, I really enjoyed the content covered and the professor! It was definitely a challenging course but I was very interested and found myself enjoying reading and learning about the brain and neurons!
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