CSC HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH JESSICA SCHOTT
We caught up with fellow CSC Alumni Jessica Schott, who currently plays for Grossmont College in El Cajon, California. She has had a very successful year for the Griffins and she was happy to provide us her insight on what the college soccer experience has been like compared to when she played and high school and in club.
CSC: When did you get started playing soccer?
Jessica: I have been playing soccer since I was 3 years old.
CSC: What position did you play and how did you end up playing that position?
Jessica: Growing up I played center-mid and forward. Around the age of 10 my coach put me in as goalie in the middle of our play off game. We ended up winning first place in AYSO league season in 2010. I still mainly played center-mid, until my freshman year of high school, then I played as a starting goalkeeper for Valhalla Women’s JV Soccer team. I quit playing soccer for a couple years, then I got in contact with my old coach, Jesus De Santiago, and tried out for his Crusaders team.
I ended up playing goalie full time on this team and It had been my first time ever playing a club team. After this season, I went back my senior year and tried out for Valhalla’s Soccer team again. I ended up making the team and playing as a goalkeeper on Valhalla Women’s Varsity Soccer team. I also Just recently I completed my first collegiate soccer season at Grossmont College.
CSC: When did you start your experience playing for CSC?
Jessica: I started playing with CSC in 2016 for the Girls 1998 Red team as starting goalkeeper.
CSC: What are you currently doing and what are your plans for the future now that you’re a CSC Alumni?
Jessica: I am currently attending Grossmont College. I am studying Administration of Justice, in hopes of going into law enforcement.
CSC: What has been your best soccer memory?
Jessica: My best soccer memory was when our CSC team was in a tournament, and I got kicked in the head. I got knocked out and broke a few teeth, but I remember Coach Jesus struggling to get me off the field because I wanted to get back in the goal and play. Soon after, I was sent to the emergency room, and almost my entire team went and waited there for me. This is my best soccer memory because I had a good game, my teammates were there for me, and before being knocked out I saved the goal.
CSC: Who is your favorite professional soccer player/team?
Jessica: My favorite soccer player is definitely retired soccer player Hope Solo. I used to watch film to see how I could improve my goalie stance and how to cover my angles better.
CSC: Do you have any coaches who have been impactful in your youth soccer career? If so why?
Jessica: My dad, Richard Schott, was one of my very first soccer coaches. He made an impact on me because he taught me the basics and got me to fall in love with the sport. Coach Tom Huffman was one of my favorite AYSO coaches for multiple years and he had a huge impact on me because he was the coach who told me that if I wanted to go further than just AYSO, then it was time to play goalie full time. Finally, Coach Jesus De Santiago had a huge impact in my soccer career because he brought me into a club, and helped me to better my goalkeeping skills.
CSC: What High School did you attend?
Jessica: Valhalla High School
CSC: What advice would you give current CSC players?
Jessica: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. -Joshua 1:9. Some players might be afraid to try a new position or a new trick, but there’s never any harm in trying. If you fail, continue to practice, and NEVER GIVE UP.
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