The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Thursday announced that Alyssa Macur will receive a Jack Bauman Scholarship.
The scholarship is based on success in high school as well as community service.
Macur received a New York State Regent’s Diploma With Honors at Marlboro Central High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She also played soccer, basketball and softball for the Dukes. She received the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Scholar/Athlete Award six times.
She started playing soccer when she five-years-old with the Highland United Soccer Club and played goalkeeper for club sides Force FC, New York Xtreme, Nirvana 360 Illusion and Primo FC. Masur is a Grassroots Referee in the Hudson Valley Soccer Referees Association.
Macur wrote in her essay that “toward the end of my first year playing, my coach moved me to goalkeeper and my life changed forever…My goalkeeping is affected by my analytical approach to everything I do. I have to know how each position is supposed to play, how I need that position to play but also who is playing. …
“Soccer is so large in my life that it became a significant aspect in selecting my college and major. I will be attending Pace University as a student/athlete in the Honors College majoring in Business Management and Business Analytics. My ultimate career goal is to be a driving force with how Premier League teams are now judging their transfers as scouts are not being used by analytics professionals any longer.”
The scholarship’s namesake, Jack Bauman, is considered the father of women’s soccer on Long Island. He was devoted to the Massapequa Soccer Club, Eastern New York and making sure that girls had as many opportunities to play soccer as boys did in an era when girls playing sports was not as accepted as it is today.