2018 NPLW Goalkeeper of the Year Alyssa Dall’Oste has re-signed for Box Hill United’s senior women’s team and has hailed the club’s contribution in her progress between the posts.
Dall’Oste picked up the gloves as a youngster with Bulleen Lions and continued her development with Brunswick Zebras and Templestowe United.
A move to Box Hill in 2017 saw her career fast-tracked immensely, as she established herself as the senior side’s number one at a young age. The year-end accolade last season proved to be the crowning glory.
Going into her third season at Wembley Park, Dall’Oste acknowledged the club’s influence saying, “They (Box Hill) have definitely supported me through everything, in having keeper training, keeper coaches. With the club, coaches and teammates, it’s been a good environment.
“Getting thrown in at such a young age, especially, I found I had to develop quicker. It was good because all the girls supported me and if I made mistakes – as you do when you are young – they would tell me not to worry about it and move on, helped me progress, which was good.
“The thick skin that you need to have, especially with those mistakes that you make, the confidence is getting better.”
The 17-year-old idolises Australian women’s international goalkeeper Lydia Williams and considers her self-confidence as the biggest strength. She was also part of the 2018 Victorian NTC Challenge
After a topsy-turvy season last time out for Box Hill’s ladies, Dall’Oste is keen to learn from the experience. She said, “Throughout the year, it was a hard season. We worked hard as a team, faced a few struggles but it wasn’t just me [getting the award]. It was a team effort. I still have things that I need to work on, and it would not stop just because I won the award.
“Considering throughout the season we had our ups and downs. Some games we performed not as well as we could but making into the [Team App] Cup final was a good achievement for us and finishing strong.”
Box Hill finished 7th in the division but progressed to the Team App Cup summit clash in 2018. Looking back at July’s grand finale, where her side narrowly lost 1-3 to Calder United, the young custodian said, “It was surreal, there were so many people, I was not expecting that. The nerves were running high. Everyone in the team, we had been together all day.
“But as soon as the whistle blew, I felt like I was in my zone. It was good to have so many people cheering you on like that, especially if you made a save.”