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Searching for the right college fit is never easy, but for this Michigan native, there was a long list of reasons for choosing one of the in-state Division I programs.
“I chose MSU for many reasons,” Jones told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I really like the coaches and they know exactly what type of player I am and what I can contribute to their program. Also it's close to home and I have a very large family so they can come see me play a lot and be a part of this experience.”
A technical midfielder who spent part of her summer at the ECNL National Training Event in Portland, Jones aimed to impress national scouts after a quality club season for Vardar.
Her ties to Michigan certainly played a role, as she’s become familiar thanks to some experiences with camps.
“I have always been a Spartan fan and started attending their winter and summer camps many years ago so I was familiar with their coaching style,” she said. “MSU also offers the big campus athletic experience with great football, basketball and hockey. They also have an Honors college that I plan to apply to, as rigorous academics were also what I was looking for. Altogether I just really liked everything about it and followed my gut instinct.”
Her decision was based upon the outstanding overall athletic culture and opportunity at Louisville, its women's soccer coaching staff, the expected move to the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the academic quality of its pre-medicine program.
According to Pousma, "the athletic experience at Louisville is incredible. I have the great chemistry with both the head and assistant women's soccer coaches."
The athletic atmosphere at Louisville impressed the Colorado native after its athletic success in 2012-13. Its football team won the Sugar Bowl, both its men's and women's basketball teams reached the Final Four, with the men winning the championship, and its baseball team beat No. 2 Vanderbilt to advance to the College World Series.
There is also a bright future for the women’s soccer team, which has a lot going for it.
"UofL is building a new soccer stadium,” Pousma said. “It's moving to the ACC. It is especially committed to making the female student-athlete experience as bold as the men's."
Coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes and assistant coach Natalie Cocchi helped arrange for interviews and tours of the Louisville School of Medicine for Pousma, who wants to study biology and follow a pre-medicine curriculum.
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