Bland County Player Signs with Lady Rams
Rocky Gap High School senior signs to play soccer with Lady Rams...
April 4, 2011
Courtesy of Jeffery Simmons
Wythe County News
Jessika Peery sets goals, and she scores them, too.
The Rocky Gap High School senior wanted to play college-level soccer, and on Thursday she got her wish.
Surrounded by family members, coaches and school staff, the Bastian resident and Bland County Bears midfielder signed a letter to join the Bluefield College Lady Rams program. County athletic officials believe she'll be the first local soccer competitor to play college ball.
"I'm excited, but I'm also nervous because I've never played at that high of a level before," said Peery who's been kicking around a soccer ball in organized matches for 11 years.
The 17-year-old, who pounded in 10 goals last season, thrives on the fast-paced sport's physical challenges and competiveness.
"She's ready; she could play college ball now," said Trey Brown, a Bluefield College graduate and Bears soccer coach.
According to Brown, Peery, along with her athletic skills, also possesses another characteristic that coaches treasure – she listens.
"Jessi is a coach's dream," he said, adding that she's always willing to learn.
Lady Rams Head Coach Samantha Snow said Peery will likely start when she begins her freshman year at BC.
"She'll be one of those impact players for us," Snow said. "She's a great kid, too. She's the whole package."
When Peery's not kicking the soccer ball around with her cousins or playing for the Bears, she enjoys horseback riding. She's the daughter of Debbie and James Peery.