Lady Bobcats add 11 soccer standouts
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-05-17 15:39:35
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Head coach Dolores Deasley has established a solid women’s soccer program at Jones County Junior College.
The Lady Bobcats, the reigning MACJC state champions, look to continue that success with the addition of 11 quality high school recruits.
“I’m super excited about this group,” said Deasley, following a live webcast on JCJC-TV Tuesday morning where the new Lady Bobcats were introduced. “I’ve been watching them for three years now, so it’s kind of surreal to have them coming in to Jones and playing for me.
“This group just adds a lot more depth to the squad overall. This will give us 22 players heading into the season and that’s a good number to have.”
There were four players from the eight-county, JCJC district added to the Lady Bobcat program, including Kendal Smith of South Jones, Sydney King of Greene County and Hayley Davidson and Morgan Pace, both from Northeast Jones.
The Lady Bobcats got three players from Oak Grove, including Cassidy Brinson, Haley Crosby and Kimberly Murray, along with Temple Hughes of Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg, Aundrea Borchardt of D’Iberville, Jessica Caldarelli of Long Beach and Kristen Pittman of George County.
Borchardt and Pittman are both goalkeepers, while Brinson, Crosby, Davidson, Hughes and Smith are defenders. Pace is a forward, King and Murray are midfielders and Caldarelli is a forward/midfielder.
Deasley was trying to increase numbers across the board with this class.
“You want to have plenty of depth at each position,” she said. “The group that is leaving meant a lot to me because that was really my first group of recruits. But I’m excited about seeing what this group can do.”
The Lady Bobcats reached unprecedented heights in 2010.
They won their first-ever state and Region 23 championship and advanced to the NJCAA District E Tournament in Tyler, Texas, where they fell to then top-ranked Tyler Junior College. JCJC ended the season with a 15-3-1 mark, which is a school-record for victories.
Deasley said achieving those milestones helped in the recruiting process.
“The more you get out there, the more your face becomes familiar,” she said. “The success we’ve had does help. I am very excited about all of them and I think they will do well.”
Another building block in the success of the Lady Bobcat soccer program has been their achievements in the classroom.
“All of them are focused – No. 1 – on their academics,” Deasley said. “That’s really, really important. I’ve always felt if they work hard on their academics it will correlate over to the soccer field because they are used to working hard.”
Overall, Deasley is pleased the recruiting process is over. She is just waiting on the fall semester to arrive, so the Lady Bobcats can take the field and defend their state championship.
“I think these kids will really fill the gaps we have,” she said. “We are just looking forward to the season right now.”
To view Tuesday’s signing special, go to www.jcjc.tv.