Bray and Jakaitis sign letters of intent with SMWC

April 15, 2013

Joy signing with her parents and coaches

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College head soccer coach Mike Aycock is proud to announce two new additions to the Pomeroy soccer team.  On Friday, April 12, Joy Jakaitis and Jordan Bray of Terre Haute North High School signed letters of intent to accept soccer scholarships with the Pomeroys for the 2013 season. 

Jakaitis was a key defensive player for the Patriots for four years and many more years on Terre Haute Flyers teams. Her skill and vision also led to her collecting 10 goals and 8 assists in the 2009-2011 campaigns and a series of team awards such as Most Versatile Player. Her quickness and speed of play make her an excellent college prospect. More than this, she is the kind of citizen and student that Saint Mary-of-the- Woods College values, having distinguished herself working with Habitat for Humanity and with Chinese cultural events, even helping tutor English as a second language. Adopted from Nanjing, China, she travelled very recently to her birthplace to share her experiences with high school English students.

Jordan signing with her parents and coaches

Jordan Bray has excelled both on the field and in the classroom, winning awards for both, including the prestigious Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarship at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. A top defending and midfield player, she has captained Terre Haute Flyers club teams and challenged herself to travel and play on premier teams at Center Grove as well. By her senior year at North, she was named North’s Most Valuable Player and All-Conference in the MIC, traditionally a tough selection for Terre Haute players to crack. Her recognition as a Saint Mother Theodore Guerin scholar comes from both her academic successes and citizenship, with volunteer work including the Tribune Star Christmas Basket program.

Coach Mike Aycock offered high praise for the talent and potential that Bray and Jakaitis bring to the Pomeroys: “These two represent a big step forward for us, and rank near the top of all graduating seniors in the Wabash Valley. Jordan Bray is such a technically polished player and athlete, and Joy Jakaitis brings so much defensive skill and quickness, that I’m certain they will both contribute right away. They are both good enough athletes and soccer players, wherever they might be on the field, to make us better as a team.”