University School of Jackson

Girls Soccer History

USJ Soccer Girls Soccer History Since 1998

State Championship Titles:

2011, 2010

State Appearances:

2003 - 5th
2004 - 3rd
2006 - 2nd
2007 - 5th
2008 - 5th
2009 - 3rd
2013 - 2nd
2014 - 3rd
2015- 3rd

Sectional Titles

2003
2004
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

Region Titles

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2006
2007
2008
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

District Titles

2000
2001
2002
2003
2006
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

All-State Players

2000
Beth Metcalf 

2001
Beth Metcalf 
Jessie Metcalf 

2002
Beth Metcalf 

2003
Jessie Metcalf 

2004
Lauren Hilliam
Jessie Metcalf 

2006
Katie Hamilton
Katie Hayes
Morgan Whalley

2007
Elizabeth Crowder
Katie Hamilton
Katie Hayes

2008
Katie Hayes
Honeye Heydari

2009
Honeye Heydari

2010
Honeye Heydari
Shelby Jordan

2011
Carrie Cobb
Honeye Heydari
Shelby Jordan
Shelby Williams

2012
Addison Dunn
Rachel Giampapa
Madison Perchik

2013
Abbey Fleming
Rachel Giampapa
Madison Perchik
Shelby Williams

2014
Addison Dunn
Rachel Giampapa
Shelby Williams

2015
Addison Dunn
Anna Jones


2015 Season

Highlights

  • Finished the year with a 17-4 record.
  • Won their 5th straight District and Region Championships and won their 10th straight Sectional Championship.
  • This was USJ's 10th straight appearance at the TSSAA state soccer tournament and 12th overall.
  • The team recorded 13 shutouts on the season.

All District Team

Addison Dunn- MVP
Anna Jones
Abbey Fleming
Morgan Williams

All-Region Tournament Team

Addison Dunn- MVP
Anna Jones
Abbey Fleming
Nour Nabhan

Coaches All-State Team

Addison Dunn
Anna Jones

2014 Season

Jackson Sun names 2014 All-West Tennessee Team:

Madison Perchik, a midfielder, scored 8 goals and had 12 assists.

Addison Dunn, a forward, had 25 goals and 16 assists.

USJ Senior, Shelby Williams, was named the 2014 Girls' Soccer Defender of the Year.

2013 Season

Jackson Sun names 2013 All-West Tennessee Team

USJ junior Shelby Williams was named the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year by the Jackson Sun. She led a defense that gave up only 12 goals in 22 games. Only three teams scored multiple goals against USJ in a single game.

Junior midfielder Rachel Giampapa and freshman forward Abbey Fleming also were named to the All-West Tennessee Girls’ Soccer Team. Juniors Lauren Pitcairn and Sarah Pierce and sophomore Addison Dunn received an honorable mention.

USJ players named to 2013 All-State Team

Three USJ players were named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s 2013 Division II All-State Girls’ Soccer Team.

Abbey Fleming, a freshman forward, scored 21 goals and had 13 assists.

Rachel Giampapa, a junior midfielder, scored 20 goals and had eight assists.

Shelby Williams, a junior defender, led the team to 14 shutouts while scoring six goals and one assist. Shelby was also The Jackson Sun's Defensive Player of the Year.

Lady Bruins lose 2013 State Championship in overtime

St. George's beat USJ 2-1 in overtime at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro to claim the Division II-A state championship. This year's loss was the first loss for the Lady Bruins in a title game in three years. The team finished the season 18-3-1.

In 2011, the Lady Bruins robbed St. George's of the state title when they won the championship. In 2012, the team won the championship again by defeating Franklin Road Academy in overtime in the championship game. (See picture, above.)

USJ players advance past state championships

Several USJ soccer players competed in the Tennessee State Soccer Championships in Memphis during the 2013 Memorial Day weekend – advancing to the next level of competition.

Seven age groups won state championships at the end of the tournament. Of the seven, five advanced to the Southern Regional Tournament – The President's Cup in Decatur, Alabama.

A record three teams from Jackson will be among the five girls teams from Tennessee in Division II Soccer competing for the Southern title with 10 other states. One winner from each age group will advance to the National Tournament in Florida in July.

Representing USJ are the following students:

  • 96 Age – Madison Perchik, Sarah Pierce, Lauren Pitcairn, Mary Alex Richards, and Shelby Williams.
  • 98 Age –  Abbey Fleming, Addison Dunn, Kayla Puzdrakiewicz, Madison Puzdrakiewicz, Morgan Williams, Nour Nabhan, and Suzanna Camp.
  • 99 Age – Anna Jones, Josie Seals, and Natalie Sullivan.

2012 Season

Three Players Named to All-West Tennessee Team

The Jackson Sun has named three Lady Bruins to its 2012 All-West Tennessee Girls Soccer Team. Sophomore forward Rachel Giampapa, sophomore midfielder Madison Perchik and freshman midfielder Addison Dunn were named to the team for their outstanding achievements in the 2012 season. Lauren Pitcarin and Abby Fleming received Honorable Mention recognition.

Girls Soccer Awards Announced

Rachel Giampapa, Madison Perchik, and Addison Dunn were named to the Division II A All-2012 State Team in girls soccer. The All-District Team includes Giampapa, who was named most valuable player, as well as Perchik, Dunn, and Lauren Pitcairn.

Dunn, Giampapa, Shelby Williams, and Abbey Fleming also were named to the All-West Region Tournament Team. Dunn was named most valuable player.

2012 Post Season Awards

All District: Rachel Giampapa (MVP), Addison Dunn, Madison Perchik, Lauren Pitcairn

All Region Tournament: Addison Dunn (MVP), Rachel Giampapa, Shelby Williams, Abby Fleming

The USJ Girls Soccer team honored Judy Sanderson for Breast Cancer Awareness month at the Sectional playoff for State.



2011 Season

ESPN High School All Star List

Congratulations to Shelby Jordan who was selected for ESPN's High School Fall Girls Soccer All-Stars. The players are listed by state. Shelby, a member of USJ's state champion soccer team has signed to play soccer next fall at Mississippi State. View ESPN High School All Star List.

Class of 2012 College Signings

Both Honeye Heydari and Shelby Jordan, Class of 2012, have signed to play soccer at Mississippi State. Carrie Cobb signed to play at Rhodes.

2010 Season

Girls Soccer earns State Championship and National Academic Award

For the varsity girls soccer team, 2010-2011 was the school year that it all came together.

For the first time in school history, USJ girls soccer won a state championship. On Friday, November 5, the team defeated St. George's 2 to 1 in the state finals.

A few weeks later, the school was notified that the 19 student athletes on the girls team received the National Coaches Association of America's Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom. To be one of 385 soccer teams nationally to win that recognition, the team's GPA (adding every player's GPA and dividing by the number of players) had to be a minimum of 3.25 for the 2009-2010 academic year. USJ's team average GPA was 3.43.

"I've had a lot of great players and great teams at USJ," said Coach Chris Leonardi, "but this was the most focused group. As they approached the state championship, they truly believed they could win."

As the season played out, the team had players who could score consistently, a good goal keeper, and many solid players in other positions, Leonardi said. "After that, everything fell into place. Four of our last five games went into overtime."

Leonardi started the girls team in fall 1999 with a mix of girls who could play soccer and others who were interested in learning. By 2003, the team made its first trip to the state tournament. Out of 11 seasons, the team has been to state seven times.

Over the years, the team as a whole has gotten better. The girls have a summer workout program that includes running, sprints, and good nutrition, making them more fit as they begin the season. All of the girls are playing on club teams in the off season. "The girls are very disciplined on and off the field," Leonardi says.

That includes academics. "That's the first thing we talk about," said Leonardi, who considers the GPA award a great accomplishment. "Academics is our number one priority when you go to USJ. When I'm driving to a game, I look back in the bus; they're doing their homework and helping one another."

And, yes, he says, he would like to think that he has gotten better as a coach. Carilyn Jordan, the mother of All-State player Shelby Jordan, has seen that growth: "Coach has always held himself to a high technical standard, in terms of his licensing, his professionalism, and the discipline to which he holds his teams… He is probably the most storied coach in Jackson in terms of how tough he is and how high his expectations are for these kids. But there's been, I believe, an evolution in terms of his communication with his players, which is far more open and reasonable than it has been in the past, and through that growth, success has finally come."

That success this year was made with six Eighth Graders and no seniors on the team. Five of the Eighth Graders were starters. "Next year will be exciting," Leonardi said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Girls Soccer Players receive All-West Tennessee and All-State Honors

Shelby Jordan and Honeye Heydari were named to the All-State girls soccer team for 2010.

The Jackson Sun's All-West Tennessee Girls Soccer top honors went to USJ players and coaches across the board. Honey Heydari was named Offensive Player of the Year, and Shelby Jordan was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Goalkeeper Carrie Cobb was named to the All-West Tennessee team, while Madison Perchik, Rachel Giampapa and Shelby Williams received honorable mentions.

2008 Season

2008 Varsity Girls Soccer team, Region Champions. Making the All-Region team: Elizabeth Crowder, Catherine Hudson, Nicole Mitchell, and Honeye Heydari. Elizabeth was the Region MVP.

The Lady Bruins 2008 fall team was ranked sixth in Class A-AA. The team advanced to the state tournament for the fifth time in six seasons, but lost in the state quarterfinals. Senior Elizabeth Crowder received region MVP accolades. The 2008 District 13 A-AA All-District team for girls soccer included USJ players Honeye Heydari, Shelby Jordan, and Nicole Mitchell. Honeye was named the district’s most valuable player.

Freshmen Shelby and Honeye also made the Tennessee 94 Olympic Development Program team and eighth grader Christophe Nabhan made the Tennessee 96 Olympic Development Program team. Information about the ODP program can be find at: www.tnsoccer.org. Though this is not the first time USJ had students make the development teams, it is rare for a school the size of USJ to have three players selected, said Coach Chris Leonardi. “It is a great accomplishment to have two players to represent Tennessee out of 18 in the State of Tennessee for the 94 girls.”

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