For Jordan Cassidy, 2011 was a big year. It was a breakout season for her as a member of the Albright College women’s soccer team. The 2009 Brandywine Heights graduate had a team-high eight goals last season and was second on the team with five assists. Her team-high 21 points placed her seventh in the conference.
She played well her first two seasons at Albright, but last year was something special for her.
“I came into preseason in better shape than ever and worked really hard over the summer,” said Cassidy. “I also think the team really clicked well together last year which helped make me play better individually. I became more confident in myself and learned more about myself as a player. Also, when you know your teammates are confident in you, it helps you play better and gain more confidence in yourself.”
Cassidy started playing soccer when she was five years old. She played for all of the Topton club teams, as well as Brandywine middle and high school teams. In her senior season in 2009, she was voted the team’s MVP, but that wasn’t what she remembers most about that season.
“I remember making it to the state playoffs my senior year,” said Cassidy. “I never expected to be part of a team that ever made it to states. We were really good my senior year and I can still remember the scores of almost all the games we played. Once again, I was part of such a close team who played for each other.”
The following season joined the Albright team and made an impact immediately. She started in 15 games as a freshman and played in 19. She had four goals and two asssists, not bad for a freshman. Still the transition from high school to college soccer wasn’t easy for her. She found the speed of the college at a much higher level than high school.
“The first game of my freshmen year I remember was so quick and fast- it was a whole new style of play for me,” said Cassidy. “Also, the defenders I go up against in college are much stronger and faster and harder to beat. I had to break a lot of habits from high school soccer because those techniques wouldn’t work well for college. Adjusting was most difficult for me.”
By the time her sophomore year came around she started in all 19 of the team’s games. She scored three goals and had three assists, but was starting to become a major force on the field for the Lions.
Then everything came together for her junior season as she led the team in scoring. She’s hoping to continue her improvement and have an even better season this year.
“I feel that my career has been great so far,” said the Mertztown resident. “It’s everything I expected and more. I’ve been part of such a great team and a great group of girls that work hard for one another. I’m really looking forward to this coming season because I know it’s my last year and I am going to give everything I can to make sure we succeed and make it memorable.”Her most memorable moment came on Oct. 31 of last year when Jordan scored a goal with 4:55 remaining in regulation to tie Widener at 2-2, which earned her team a spot in the Commonwealth Conference playoffs.
There the team defeated Swarthmore, 1-0 in the quarterfinals, before losing 1-0 to Stevenson in the semifinals.
Since she was a little girls admiring Mia Hamm, Cassidy has loved the sport of soccer. It has been such a major part of her life.
“I’ve been playing for so long that I would feel lost without it now,” said Cassidy, “I love winning. I have never experienced the feeling of winning on a level like college soccer and it is such a great feeling to celebrate a win after you put so much effort in for a 90 minute game. There is no other way to experience the feeling of winning like this unless you play a sport, that’s what I love so much.”
Jordan is a business administration major with a track in marketing. After graduating she wants to work for a company to make ad campaigns and marketing products.