From the Tophat Fields to Furman University


Henry Peck

Another Dub Goes D1: Alyssa is the latest North Atlanta athlete to take the next step.

Of all stars to grace the pitch at North Atlanta, the name Alyssa England stands out amongst the rest. England, a star defensive outside back, is one of the Dubs’ strongest players and a part of an elite defense. While she is eager for a successful senior season, England’s career is only getting started. With her commitment to the Division One (D1) program Furman University in Greenville, she joins an elite list of North Atlanta athletes to commit to a D1 school. Even with her future solidified, England has big goals for herself and the team this season as they look to compete for a state championship. 

England began her soccer career at the age of four, playing with the Tophat program, where she developed her love for the game. Her innate desire to win and collaborate pairs seamlessly with the competitive and team-oriented aspects of soccer. “I love how soccer has the ability to matheke me forget about everything going on,” said England. 

As she got older and developed her craft, she realized that she could go far. Moving to a more competitive scene, England moved to Concord Soccer, a more competitive club, where she still plays today. Throughout the year she competes in tournaments across the country, playing against the best competition in the nation and the world. “I love playing club soccer. It is where I started, and it has become a big part of my life,” said England. 

In what will be her final season, England has big plans for herself and the Dubs. She wants to be a dominant force in her position and outplay her opponent in one-on-one situations. With playoff pedigree, it may be difficult, but England wants to leave the team better than she found it. This year, the team is loaded, with defensive anchors and elite offensive weapons, and with that comes expectations. “We are always looking to win. We have our eyes set on regional excellence,” said England.  

England’s thoughts on her time at North Atlanta are bittersweet, as she has made lifelong memories and friends. She will miss those she took the field with–and against–but she is ready for what is next, earning a starting spot for the Furman Paladins. Good luck Alyssa, and Go Dubs!