The girl’s soccer team is off to a hot start to the season at 7-1-1, and it’s thanks in part to her fast hand at net
Junior Alexa Rabune, an essential part to the Minnesota State women’s soccer team this season, has one goal for the rest of the season: to help her team reach a national championship title this season.
Rabune, who is originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa is the starting goalkeeper for MSU. Currently, Rabune is studying business management, and was named on the NSIC Fall All-Academic team in 2017. Her fall season was her 2 season playing for MSU and she posted a 0-1 record with six saves.
Rabune was a 3 year starter and letter-winner for Cedar Falls High School and named Second Team Mississippi Valley All- Conference Team honors, 3 year starter for Iowa ODP and was selected for the Region II Tournament Team twice. She also played Volleyball for 3 seasons in high school.
While Rabune is serious on the field, her and the team also have a fun side to them, as they know how to let loose, and at the same time stay grounded as a team.
“Every Halloween, each grade, freshman through senior level, has to come up with a group costume and we all show up to practice in our outfits and vote who has the best outfit. Every year, upperclassmen are also assigned “little sisters”, as a big sister we make the incoming freshman feel welcomed and someone they can go to whenever,” said Rabune.
While Rabune has been playing soccer since she was 6 years old, being a part of MSU is bigger than just her. She is working toward one goal with her team, a national championship. The Mavericks have set their team apart with a team dynamic that will rise above any other team.
The team’s dynamic so far has helped solidify a successful team on and off the field this seaspn. The women’s team is currently 7-1-1, and Rabune has been a big part of that, saving a total of 32 shots thus far this season from opponents.
Her save percentage is at a .842 and has played 835 minutes thus far, which has improved from the 2017 season where she had a .750 save percentage.
Rabune knew from the beginning that picking MSU as her school to play soccer at was the right fit for her.
“I chose to attend MSU because on my first visit I instantly fell in love with the team culture,” said Rabune, “what makes being a part of the MSU soccer team so special is that we all are a family. The environment on the field and off the field is so positive and competitive, which makes practice fun and intense.”
This year is the 24th season of the school’s soccer team, with last year being the team’s 11th appearance in the NCAA tournament last year.
“I love the game because I love being a part of a team all working together towards one goal, a national championship,” said Rabune.
The Mavericks are coming off a big weekend of game, defeating both the University of Mary 2-1 on Friday and Minot State 5-0 on Sunday.
Rabune and the Mavericks will be in action again this weekend, as they face off against the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs on the road on Friday at 3 p.m., and then finish off the weekend with a matchup with the Sioux Falls Cougars on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Feature photo Courtesy of msumavericks.com.