By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—A little over eight hour drive separates future Corban University goalkeeper Alex Muir from the home of the Warriors in Salem, Oregon and his high school, Whitney, in Rocklin, California.
The senior, who was honored as First-Team all Capital Valley Conference and was a CIF-Sac Joaquin Section honorable mention as a Goalkeeper as a junior described choosing Corban because of the friendly and approachable environment at the college.
“They were all so approachable and honest about how they felt about the program and were just all so welcoming and friendly,” said Muir.
“They all wanted to invest in me as a person and I really loved that in my visit numerous people asked me about how my relationship with Christ is and that really made me feel welcome and that I could just walk up and talk to them about anything I might need help with.”
As for soccer, Muir recognizes how good they are as they wrapped up a 16-2 regular season and are entering the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament on November 11-14 in Springfield, Oregon.
“The soccer team plays and trains at a very high level and they all have the same goal which is to win the national title,” said Muir. “They have a great coaching staff with the head coach being Aaron Lewis and he’s just an awesome coach with a ton of experience and super friendly,”
Muir added too that the program constantly has people for the local Major League Soccer team, the Portland Timbers, come out and help out the team and liked how honest Coach Lewis and his coaching staff was to him during his visits and speaking with him.
Once on campus, Muir is planning to major in Health Science or Exercise Science and wants to use the degree towards his Pre-PT requirements.
The average class size at Corban University is 10-19 students per class, but can stretch up to 39 in 35-percent of the classes on campus. That, and the campus, is what attracted Muir to the college in the first place.
“I love the state of Oregon and I love the school’s class sizes,” Muir said. “I actually really like how small Corban is because. I feel like you get to know everyone on campus and get to really know them for who they are rather than just meeting them once and never seeing them again.
“I also really like the individualized approach from the teachers I think it’s really awesome how they want to not only invest in u as a student but also as a person.”
As for the infamous Northwest rain, which Salem averages a solid 40.6 inches of the “Liquid Sunshine”, doesn’t bother Muir one bit.
“I really enjoy playing in the rain actually because my dad’s from Scotland and I’ve always dreamed of playing there someday,” said Muir. “My dad would tell me story’s of playing there growing up and how if you didn’t play in the rain then u didn’t play so I always love playing in the rain because I know that it’s only preparing me for the future.”
Now, as the Wildcats (13-6-3, 8-4-2 CVC) enter the CIF-SJS Division-II playoffs with their first-round opponent being Vallejo; Muir looks back on his season, beating cross-town rival Rocklin in football and soccer, Muir is also the Placekicker for the Whitney football team, he is staying focused at the task at hand of winning a Section Title.
“My season is far from over in my opinion at the point our team is at right now,” Muir said confidently. “The level we are playing at, I believe we can beat anyone in this section playoffs.
“We’ve already proven we can beat at the next level since we beat the number one seed earlier in the year and toes the number 3 seed so I think I will focus fine because this isn’t the end it’s only the beginning of something special.”
Confidence and his presence are two traits that Muir is bringing to Salem in the fall. Sometimes he is vocal, sometimes he lets his playing do the talking as he looks to translate it to the college level.
“I don’t see me being a vocal leader in high school or club being any different from there to at the collegiate level,” said Muir describing his traits on the pitch. “Because in the end it is all soccer no matter the level and if you play at your highest level that you can all the time then you will be able to compete and be a leader.
“Some of my strengths are my quick reactions, my good feat, my shot blocking and my ability to organize and structure a team.”
But through and through, despite moving out-of-state and being away from his family, Muir is excited for the adventure that is ahead at Corban University in Salem.
“The decision was very hard because I had other options for where I could have gone, not to mention how far I will be moving away from my family which made the decision rough.
“But I felt Corban was the right fit for me soccer-wise, school-wise and spiritually.”
Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon with B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism (2011) and Health/PE (2013). Got a story idea? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!
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