Watch a West Stokes soccer match and by the end, you’ll want to know more about Jordan Grubbs. She’s small in stature, but makes up for it in fierce athleticism.
“Jordan is a gamer. She’s one of the best players we’ve ever had from the first whistle to the final horn,” said Wests’ soccer coach Chris Manley.
In the fourth round of the state title playoff run two years ago, the Wildcats were down 1-0 to Forbush with six minutes to go. Grubbs dribbled the ball from the back, nearly 40 yards under pressure and cut in to begin a series of passes that resulted in the tying goal. The rest was history and West went on to win their first soccer state championship.
“The joy of that day and seeing all those fans out there supporting us was such a great experience,” Grubbs said. “It’s like something I’d never seen before, especially as a sophomore. It really pushed me to want to do that again. For me, and so my other teammates could experience it again.”
On Thursday, she signed a letter of intent to play beyond high school at Salem College.
Grubbs has been playing soccer since she was three years old.
“It’s definitely created more friendships. I’ve gotten to know a lot of people and have seen a lot of places because of it,” she said.
For the past four years she’s played center defense and it’s allowed her to be aggressive.
“I like running and it’s a great feeling when you get to make a good save,” she said.
The all-conference player and WPAC player of the year last season credits Manley for helping her reach her full potential.
“He’s very supportive and pushes me,” Grubbs said.
When visiting Salem College she knew immediately it was where she wanted to spend the next four years.
“It’s close to home and has a smaller campus than some places which is what I wanted,” she said. “I like that the professors seem to be hands-on and know their students.”
Grubbs was equally enamored with Salem College’s soccer program.
She’ll join the NCAA Division III program led by head coach Jay Callahan, who’s steered their soccer team to seven straight seasons with at least 10 wins. He was also selected four years in a row as the Great South Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
“I think he’s great,” Grubbs said.
Grubbs parents, Lance and Vivian said it’s been an amazing journey to watch their daughter excel over the years in soccer.
“It was never the end goal for me personally to see her play college soccer. When she was young, she was so little and we just wanted her to get involved in something,” Grubbs mother said. “Through soccer she’s had great opportunities and the coaches have helped her develop. She has such a great drive and tenacity. We hope she’ll embrace this and enjoy the opportunity she’s been given.”
Grubbs father added, “Overall, we want her to do well in school and soccer and be able to give something back.”
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