There are a select few times in a career when an athlete can clearly see how all the practice, training and competition throughout that career have culminated in one moment.
Throughout her years at Frederick High School, Alex Godinez had her share of eye-opening moments. Being a part of the best season in DePaul University girls soccer history, however, was a next-level experience for the former Warriors goalkeeper.
A season that included a 20-game undefeated streak, a regular-season title, a Big East tournament championship and an NCAA tournament appearance flat-out demanded that Godinez reflect on her soccer career.
“Honestly, the team just came together and played great,” Godinez said. “I was telling one of my teammates after we won the championship, ‘This is what we train for since we were eight, nine, ten years old.’ It was the most amazing thing ever.”
No stranger to success at the collegiate level, Godinez tied a school record with nine shutouts her sophomore season in 2013 and was named Big East Goalkeeper of the Year. Now a junior and starting in goal for the Blue Demons, Godinez finished the 2014 with a 16-1-4 record.
While Godinez didn’t set any individual school records as a junior, Blue Demons head coach Erin Chastain said the former Frederick High star was as much a piece of the Blue Demons’ record-setting team effort as anyone.
“She was great,” Chastain said. “The difference this year was that we were able to score some more goals so she wasn’t under quite as much pressure as last year. But when she got chances to make plays, she made them.
“Next year, we’re expecting her to be a leader and to keep making big plays for us. She has already started to be more vocal and she’s a team player who really gets excited when her teammates’ have moments of individual success.”
Highlighting the first season in which the Blue Demons won both the regular season conference title and the Big East tournament title, Godinez said it was her team’s 20-game unbeaten streak to start the season was truly an incredible experience.
“I don’t know if that’s ever going to happen in my lifetime again,” Godinez said. “It just demonstrated how strong a team we had. No matter whether we were down at halftime or up, we always believed we could win. Nobody went into this season saying we weren’t going to lose a single game. We just went in wanting to win the Big East and those were the results we got.”
Unfortunately for the Blue Demons, their miraculous season ended in a difficult draw for the first round of the NCAA tournament.
On Nov. 15, the Blue Demons entered the NCAA tournament ranked 13th/7th but were dealt their first loss of the season, 2-0 to No. 9/8 Wisconsin in a snowy opening-round game. Godinez played all 90 minutes and made five saves.
“It was really unfortunate the way we got eliminated from the NCAA tournament. At the end of the day, there has to be a winner and a loser,” Godinez said. “We’re going to keep working hard and hopefully make it a bit further next year.”
Her senior year at Frederick in 2012, Godinez was named Times-Call girls soccer Player of the Year, the MaxPreps All-Colorado Girls Soccer Team and the Colorado High School Girls All State Soccer Game.
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