The Mary Star High girls soccer team has always had success over the years, but once Jordyn Alves stepped on the season for the 2010-2011 season, the Stars' program was taken to a whole new plateau of success.
In Alves' first two seasons, the Stars won back-to-back Camino Real League titles, and she had scored an incredible 33 goals combined in those years. In an injury-plagued season for Mary Star last year, Alves still managed to score 14 more goals. The UC Santa Barbara-bound senior forward has continued to be a driving force for the Stars this season as they currently possess a 5-6-2 record.
Alves is the most decorated player of all in San Pedro prep girls soccer, since she has 69 career goals, third highest in all of San Pedro prep girls soccer history behind only San Pedro's Alyssa Mullenhour with 85, and former San Pedro standout Amenaide Brown's 71. Alves once made a 50-yard shot earlier this season against Environmental Charter in a 3-0 Stars' victory, showing how strong of a leg she has.
"While taking a free kick, honestly I'm not thinking about anything or focusing on anything but the ball and where I want to put it," Alves says. "The best advice I can give to anyone taking a free kick is, “ DON’T PANIC! “ In my mind I tell myself, “You have the power, you have the skill, now make it happen for your team. At that moment it's all about where can I put the ball, so my team has a great opportunity to score."
Not only on free kicks, but Alves also has led the team in assists too mainly off perfectly placed corner kicks which has led for scoring opportunities to the likes of junior midfielder Dori Lindeman, junior midfielder Sarah Garcia, senior forward Jenna Clarke, sophomore midfielder Alyssa DiMassa and freshman forward Anna Stefanou, Most of Alves' opportunities to score or pass comes off punts from freshman goalie Taylor Garcia. Alves currently has 20 goals and 14 assists this season for Mary Star.
Alves, who is the unquestioned leader of the team and draws tons of attention, if not all of it by opposing coaches, isn't afraid to give her teammates credit, and even relishes being a team player, a lost trait in most young athletes. Alves even gives a clear-cut description of what the word 'team' really is about.
"One thing that I continue to tell the girls is that 'team' is an acronym for 'Together Everyone Achieves More'," Alves says. "Without every member working together and working for each other's success is not an option. It takes everyone, from the coaching staff, to the starting eleven, the girls coming off the bench, and those who are injured, we are all in it together. We win together and lose together, and that's what a team truly is."
The high GPA of 4.17 also shows how Alves takes care of business off the field, and it even goes deeper than just that.
"Mary Star challenges me academically, but at the same time allows me the opportunity to flourish not only in the class room, but it also allows me to strengthen my relationship with God," Alves says. "Teachers are always there to help me and always offer a helping hand. Their support and guidance has helped structured and nurtured the young woman I am today."
Alves has one particular goal that reverberated all over San Pedro, and that was on December 11, 2013 in a rare in-city neighboring showdown against Port Of Los Angeles at Daniels Field.
With the Polar Bears up 2-1, the Stars desperately needed someone to guide them to the equalizing finish... and they didn't have to look too far to find that someone in Alves, as she created a breakaway and tapped in the tying goal in the final minute to forge a 2-2 tie.
"It was an amazing moment to score in the last few seconds of the game against POLA," says Alves, who also assisted on a goal from Lindeman off a corner kick. "My team worked so incredibly hard the entire game and I was very excited to be the one to reward them for their hard work. POLA is a great school, with a great soccer program. It was an amazing feeling to not only play against them, but compete and make it an exciting match."
Alves recently scored four goals in a 5-0 victory over visiting Cantwell Sacred-Heart of Montebello in a nonleague game Thursday.