Summer is a time for college soccer players to train and make preparations for the coming season that kicks off in August.
But Phallon Tullis-Joyce, the starting goalkeeper for the University of Miami’s women’s soccer team, is spending part of her summer a long way from South Beach. The Shoreham, Long Island, native and Longwood High School graduate is at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Juneau — the state’s capital — as part of a program from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study marine life.
Tullis-Joyce, a redshirt junior at Miami, is the recipient of NOAA’s Hollings Scholarship, which offers tuition assistance for 120 undergraduate students across the U.S. studying in NOAA-related fields such as Marine Biology.
“I really wanted to do field research,” Tullis-Joyce told the news website JuneauEmpire.com. “I hadn’t done field research in the past, and what better place than Alaska to start doing it?
While Marine Biology has long been a passion for the Long Island native, soccer is also in her blood. While in the northernmost U.S. state, Tullis-Joyce has not left her sport behind. Twice weekly, she hits the pitch in a four-team adult women’s league playing keeper for Chan’s Thai Kitchen/Hoke Designs team.
Miami kicks off its 2017 schedule August 18 at home vs. St. Francis (PA).
Read the full story on Tullis-Joyce’s time in Alaska on JuneauEmpire.com.