Thompson accepts athletic scholarship to Pierce College
Quincy High School soccer standout Jessica Thompson is headed to Pierce College in the fall on an athletic scholarship.
She made the decision official Tuesday, with her parents Jeff and Maureen Thompson and brother Justin, 14, at the high school for the announcement.
The Lady Jacks’ center-midfielder is looking forward to a faster pace in the college game.
“It’s going to be more intense” than high school soccer, she said. Thompson said the Pierce athletic scholarship will cover what she doesn’t get in academic or other scholarships.
“Pierce College is getting a winner,” Quincy Athletic Director Bill Alexander said. “She’s a team player and she’s relentless. She’s tough for her size and played through injuries. She is also an excellent student.”
The Pierce women’s soccer team will hold spring training on weekends beginning in April, and Thompson will take part. Fall practice starts in August.
Thompson, 17, said she was a little surprised by the scholarship offer, but happily accepted. Coaches from the school began contacting her during her sophomore year after she attended a camp at Pierce.
One of five Lady Jack seniors on last fall’s team, Thompson had to play many positions to fill in for less experienced players.
“I did a lot of corner kicks,” she said.
Maureen Thompson believes her daughter will succeed as she steps up a notch to the collegiate level.
“She has an incredible eye for the ball,” Maureen said. “She’s not the fastest girl, but they don’t score on her.”
Jessica said Pierce not only fits athletically, but academically as well. She intends to go into sports medicine.
What can she bring to her new team?
“I’m determined,” she said with a smile, “and I have leadership skills.”
–By Steve Kadel, firstname.lastname@example.org