Williamson Finding Her Stride
AMES, Iowa- The saying that hard work pays off has been at the center of Iowa State junior midfielder Alyssa Williamson’s career.
Coming into this season, Williamson had played a total of 639 minutes combined in her freshman and sophomore seasons. With three conference games remaining on the schedule Williamson has played a total of 1,203 minutes this season, good enough for fourth on the team. She is also a big reason this Cyclone team has recorded five total shutouts this season. She also is one of only three Cyclones to start every game this season.
Williamson knew that her time would come if she put in the work and held a positive attitude. Her hard work has paid off big for the Cyclones this season.
“There were days where I was getting frustrated, but I stuck with it and had a good attitude,” Williamson said. “I knew that if I stuck with it good results would come.”
One of only three Cyclones from the state of Iowa, Williamson who hails from Ankeny, has been a lifelong Cyclone fan and dreamt of playing for her favorite team as a child.
“I came here because I’ve always been a Cyclone fan,” Williamson said. “My family has history here. My mom, aunts, uncles and cousins all went here. It was convenient being from Ankeny too. I love being close to my family and the opportunity to play for a big school right down the road was something I really liked.”
Nothing has proved to be more of a statement of the progress that Williamson had made than a moment that happened on Thursday Sept. 12 in a game against Santa Clara. With just a minute and 38 seconds off the clock in the first half Williamson found herself with an open look towards the Broncos goal. Natural instincts kicked in and the Cyclone midfielder floated a shot inches above the Santa Clara goalkeeper’s fingers to give Iowa State and early 1-0 lead.
“I was dribbling and all of a sudden I heard everyone yelling shoot, so I shot it and it went in,” Williamson said. “I was really ecstatic I guess you could say. It was against a well-known team.”
With the hard work she put in and results showing, Williamson knows that she can be a leader to younger players facing similar circumstances. Hard work pays off. That’s the attitude that Williamson hopes the Cyclones follow the remainder of the season.
“I think this is the year where we have had some pretty good talent and we are working together very well,” Williamson said. “We have the talent and the opportunities are there for us to show what we can do. I think that we can do big things. If we keep our focus on everything we are trying to achieve good things will happen.”
Iowa State returns to home action Friday at 7 p.m. against Baylor at the Cyclone Sports Complex. Results will be available on Cyclones.com after the conclusion of the game.