Alex has played both soccer and hockey at various competitive levels for many years. But when it came down to choosing one to pursue, she decided that she had a soul on ice, and that she would focus on hockey. Despite choosing to concentrate on hockey, she plays soccer in the summer with her friends as a way to condition, and take some time off from the ice.
As Alex Armstrong was preparing for her junior year at Ryerson, and the upcoming women's hockey campaign, she certainly wasn’t expecting the phone call she was about to receive from her head coach, Lisa Haley. The conversation was about goaltending, but not about hockey. Lisa informed her of the situation with the soccer team. Alex, who has past competitive soccer experience and the type of attitude to do anything to help out her school, found herself in an OUA soccer game the next day against the Guelph Gryphons.
“They were shocked,” says Armstrong, after she told her friends and family that she would be suiting up for the soccer team. “My parents were not too, too happy about it at first because they want me to focus obviously on hockey,” adds Armstrong. “But it’s working out, [so] they don’t mind it.”
As Alex herself will tell you, she’s one of those people “that will help out anyone that needs help,” so when her fellow “Ramily” needed her help, the answer was always going to be yes.
When asked what she likes about soccer that’s different from hockey, Alex jokes: “I like the diving aspect (of soccer). It’s harder to dive on the ice.”
Not only has Alex taken the field, she has been an effective addition to the team, contributing 11 saves and three clean sheets in her first five games.