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London Lewis, a junior forward and team captain on the Calvert High School (Md.) girls' varsity soccer team this past fall, was named the U.S. Army Impact Player of the Month.
Lewis, who is committed to play soccer at High Point University (N.C.), eclipsed 20 goals and 20 assists and was an honorable mention selection for
The Washington Post'sall-metro girls' soccer team in December. Lewis also has taken a leading role in her soccer team's fundraising efforts.
"Coming in as a junior on a strong team with strong leaders already, I had no real thought that she would step right in and be a captain," Calvert girls' soccer coach John Baker said. "I knew she'd be a leader just by the way she played on the field, but the way she came in and participated in offseason conditioning and community events I was like, 'Wow, she's really pushing for a captain.' I was talking to my assistant coaches and we were a little leery about naming a first-year player as a junior a captain of the team, and she didn't let us down."
Calvert was Lewis' third school in as many years, but she was comfortable entering the season with the Cavaliers because she knew a lot of her teammates from playing with them on the Calvert Elite Soccer Club. Lewis described the season as "by far my best year," but her impact was felt off the field as well.
Calvert's girls' soccer program is aiming to raise upwards of $200,000 to build a new locker room specifically for girls' soccer. The team holds car washes and other events to raise money, but the team also met with a defense contractor to encourage the company to donate.
Baker and his team captains met with the company last October, and according to Baker, it was Lewis who carried the conversation. Lewis explained the path she envisions for herself athletically and academically and how a new soccer facility would help girls in the future set a similar path for themselves. The pitch was successful.
"We got to talk to them about what we wanted for our future program, what we wanted to continue building in the program," Lewis said. "Talking about things like getting the girls' soccer team their own locker room, own equipment, things like that because as of right now, we kind of share with some of the other sports. So just talking to them about things that we want to build in the program as well as it making sure it stays strong in the future."
For Baker, Lewis' message was stronger than any he could have put together.
"I can go out and be a salesman all day, but I wanted the girls to have some ownership in what we're trying to do," Baker said. "Right away, I picked her -- 'Oh, this is a no-brainer that she'll sit there and she'll talk to any adults carrying on a good conversation with them.'"
Lewis has one more season left at Calvert, and while she's focused on leaving the Cavaliers in a better spot than she found them, High Point is now on the horizon. The Panthers finished 5-10-4 in 2018 but had four consecutive winning seasons from 2014-2017. High Point is coached by Brandi Fontaine, who was an assistant with the program from 2009-2017 before taking over the head coaching job.
"Coach Brandi is just a great coach overall and I can tell my personality and the way I am, I feel like I will be a great fit there," Lewis said. "She's just always so positive and so supportive. That's really what got me hooked on High Point's program. The staff there is just great, the environment felt so positive and welcoming. I just feel like I'm going to succeed the most there."