B'ville soccer player aims high

All in the family

Jackie isn't the only one with soccer in her blood. As instructors for Jackie's clinic, her mother, Kelly, and sister, Emma, also excel in the sport.

Emma, who will be an eighth grader at Durgee this fall, was named to her second regional team earlier this month and was the youngest player selected to the ODP Region I pool last year. Emma also played with her sister on the 2008 u14 Empire United Soccer Academy.

Kelly, a former Oswego State Women's team coach, played soccer in college where she became a first team all conference player. She currently coaches the Syracuse Football Club u12 girls.

"Jackie has many supportive family members, coaches and wonderful teammates who have contributed to her overall success and development as a player," Kelly said.

Goals and pastimes

Jackie hopes to attend the University of North Carolina to play soccer when she graduates.

"We are very proud of Jackie and we always try to instill in her that if she sets her goals high and works her hardest, good things will come," Greg said. "We remind her that it does take time and that she will have to do extra, and more than the expected to keep developing."

Her ultimate goal is to play professional soccer.

"I hear that a women's professional league is going to start up again in the U.S. and I'd love to be able to play in it someday," she said.

On the rare occasion when Jackie isn't thinking soccer, she's taking it easy in a rather peculiar manner.

"I love the outdoors and I love to go hunting for frogs," she said.

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