Girls Varsity Soccer

Members of the 2014 Upper School soccer team are: front row, from left, Maddy Puzdrakiewicz, Nour Nabhan, Anna Pearson, Emily Mitchell, Shelby Williams, Rachel Giampapa, Lauren Pitcairn, Suzanna Camp, Madalyn Bigford, Addison Dunn; and back row, from left, Briamst Castro (Assistant Coach), Abby Rial, Abbey Fleming, Annabelle Reese, Holeh Heydari, Sarah Pierce, Mary Alex Richards, Morgan Williams, Madison Perchik, Anna Jones, Summer Basham, Natalie Sullivan, Ashley Willis, and Paul Conway (Coach).

Head Coach: Paul Conway


2015 Best of the West Soccer Camp

The Best of the West Soccer Camps are considered among the premier soccer camps in West Tennessee.

The camps are open to soccer players in grades 1-12. The camps will emphasize developing and improving soccer skills.

Techniques, such as shooting, passing, receiving, heading, dribbling, and goalkeeping are learned through individual and small group instruction.

They are reinforced through a variety of lively games.

Beginning soccer players are welcome! You don’t need organized soccer to be a “Best of the West” camper.

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Seven seniors leave their mark on girls soccer

While USJ soccer has always been competitive, in the last few years, the girls soccer program has reached a whole new level.

Much of that success is attributed to seven seniors who have played together on the varsity team since they were freshmen. Rachel Giampapa, Emily Mitchell, Madison Perchik, Sarah Pierce, and Shelby Williams joined the team as eighth graders. Lauren Pitcairn and Mary Alex Richards joined them in ninth grade.

“USJ soccer has been the highlight of my high school experience,” said Madison. “It is so sad to think I will not wear my USJ jersey again, but I will always cherish the memories of USJ soccer.”

Paul Conway, the girls soccer coach, said that people stared as the young girls stepped onto the field in that first high school game. The spectators were astonished to find that those girls weren’t just there to fill a spot, they made the team better.

“From day one, they all played and contributed,” said Conway. “USJ’s soccer team was strong, but those girls made it stronger. Their contributions from the first moment that they stepped on the field were important.”

As eighth graders and freshmen, the girls won state championships in 2010 and 2011. As sophomores, they lost in overtime in the state semifinals to the  University School of Nashville.

The following year, they arrived at the state finals again. They played St. George from Memphis. USJ had already beaten St. George twice earlier in the season. The game went into double overtime, but USJ lost 2-1.

Their senior season, Fall 2014, the girls had the opportunity for a rematch against the University School of Nashville. USN only had one shot on goal while USJ had 15, but the Bruins still lost 1-0.

“The cruel part of soccer is that you can outplay a team and still lose,” said Conway.

The seniors have left their mark on the program, Conway said. “This region hasn’t seen the game played at this level. These girls raised the quality of play for the whole area.”

Shelby, team co-captain and defender, signed to play Division I soccer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Conway said that she has been a committed, core player that leads by example.

Rachel, forward and leading scorer, also signed to play at UTC.

“Every team wanted to stop her,” said Conway. “ We had a chance to win every game because of what she was able to do.”

Madison, team co-captain and midfielder, led the team in assists. “Madison is a hard worker and very creative,” said Conway.

Emily, midfielder, made it possible for the team to execute the style of play that the USJ team liked best, said Conway. “We were able to play the way that we wanted to play because of Emily’s intelligence.”

Sarah, defender, is one of the team’s most consistent players, said Conway. “Sarah is someone who we always depended on.”

“Our team has such a close relationship,” said Sarah. “We learned how to work together and play for each other. I was always looking forward to the next season because you got to play the sport you love the most with people who love it just as much as you do.”

Lauren switched from offense to defense for the good of the team. Conway said that her unselfishness and strong defensive partnership with Shelby Williams, resulted in a better USJ soccer team.

With a family full of soccer players, Mary Alex excelled as a goalkeeper, and her improvements over the years were outstanding, Conway said. “We won a lot of games because she was a safe and secure goalkeeper.”

Conway said that it has been a pleasure to coach a group of girls who are competitive and enthusiastic and take great pride in wearing the USJ crest.

Self-motivated both on and off the field, the USJ girls soccer team won the Academic All-American Team Award.

The team was required to have a cumulative 3.5 GPA. The 20 players on the USJ girls soccer team had a cumulative GPA of 4.1.

“They don’t just win on the field, they win in the classroom, too,” said Conway. Several of the girls have received academic college scholarships.           

While the team still has plenty of players who will be key to USJ’s future competitive success, this group of seniors has made an impression on the program that won’t be forgotten, said Conway.

“They are going to be missed. “We are all better for the experience of having had them in our program.”

Shelby Williams named Jackson Sun's 2014 Soccer Defender of the Year.

In 2014, the Lady Bruins allowed only 11 goals and had 11 shutouts. This is the second year that Shelby Williams was named the Jackson Sun's Defensive Player of the Year.

Players make All-State team

Seniors Rachel Giampapa and Shelby Williams were named to the Division II All-State Team. Rachel scored 26 goals and had 21 assists while Shelby led a defense that allowed only 11 goals.

Coach Kim White took the girls through
a great workout at the Fight Shop
in Jackson.

The team at Nashville's Centennial park after attending the Vanderbilt Soccer Camp.

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