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When the fall high school sports season ends and the winter season begins, Leonardtown Raiders senior Alyssa Bois is pretty busy.

She trades in her soccer cleats for basketball shoes as she transitions with the seasons.

But the transition this season was different because Bois was also deciding on how to make a bigger transition, the change from high school to college.

That decision was eventually made with Bois signing her letter of intent to play soccer at Brevard College, an NCAA Division II school in North Carolina.

“I am really excited,” Bois said. “I am looking forward to, as far as the soccer aspect, meeting girls and just getting into the higher level soccer.”

Rather than the conventional method of college coaches coming to high school games, spotting talent and letting the recruitment go from there, Bois and Brevard connected in a different way.

“When you want to go and play in college, you sign up on the NCAA website and they [the coaches] can contact you through there,” Bois said. “You put up your academic and athletic [accomplishments], and they’ll contact you to see if you’re a good fit. I went down there to visit [on Nov. 10] and sent them some of my tapes, and they liked it.”

During that November visit, Bois said, her sit-down with Brevard head coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara allowed her to walk away liking the upbeat and energetic coach.

But she also added that during her time there, she fell in love with another aspect of the school that aided in making her decision.

“The campus was really nice,” Bois said. “It’s boarded by mountains, and it’s really pretty. The campus is pretty small, and it’s a small school, which is what I really like because I feel that I will work better, academically, with smaller class sizes.”

Bois was named to the All-County and All-SMAC first teams as a defender after her senior year at Leonardtown and has been playing soccer since the age of five.

She admitted that the sport has opened doors for her throughout life, and opening the door to college was no different.

“It has just helped me make friends and become a better person,” Bois said of soccer. “It has given me quite a bit of money, too, to further my education in college and go to a good school, so that is really nice.”

Her biggest transition yet awaits her as she gets set to step foot onto a collegiate-level soccer field.

“Probably the faster pace,” Bois admitted of what may be the biggest adjustment. “I like the upbeat movement and quicker pace, but I feel like that is going to be the biggest transition.”

She explained that she will play either central midfielder or central defender at the next level but knows what she wants to do going in.

“I want to make a name for myself,” Bois said. “I am just going to play my game. I’m going to go out there and make good friends amongst the team and become one unit with them. That is probably a big challenge, too, getting together with other girls and connecting.”

Before taking full focus on Brevard, Bois has a little playoff basketball to fit in. She and the Leonardtown girls basketball team play in the first round of the Class 4A East Region playoffs at 6 tonight at home versus Great Mills.

The Raiders are the sixth seed, while the Hornets are the 11th seed.

jmccray@somdnews.com