It turns out that Jordan Loucks wasn’t really to give up soccer yet.
Loucks, a recent Cherry Valley-Springfield graduate, had been planning to attend Herkimer County Community College until a late recruiting effort by Broome Community College coach Bill Rich convinced her to go to school and play soccer at the Binghamton school.
“I decided that soccer wasn’t something I was really to give up yet,” said Loucks, who was named to the Fourth Team all-state soccer team in Class D last winter.
Loucks said that Rich started recruiting her in the spring, after coaching her on a Eurosports soccer tour of Italy during spring break.
“He offered it to me during the trip,” she said. “He said ‘I don’t usually do this because usually the girls I pick are local, but some of the other girls coming in said that you have ties down here. So we think you would fit in here.’”
Loucks said she passed on Rich’s offer at first.
“I just didn’t know if I wanted to handle school and soccer. Plus I want to work,” she said. “I didn’t really know where I wanted to go to (school) exactly, but I thought it would be nice to stay close to home.”
In July, Loucks said she started to have second thoughts. Luckily an extended-family member had ties at Broome and he told Rich that Loucks might be regretting her decision. Rich revisited his recruiting efforts, and he was successful this time.
“I began to think maybe I shouldn’t pass this up,” she said.
Loucks was fifth in The Daily Star coverage area in points last year with 18 goals and 13 assists. She spent three years at CV-S after transferring from Susquehanna Valley. She also attended Vestal, near the Broome campus, so she does have the local ties Rich likes in his players.
In addition, Loucks said that her older sister Chelsey and her two-year-old niece Emma live five minutes from campus. Since she got a late start on finding campus housing, Loucks said she plans to live with her sister and help take care of her niece.
“Her house is close to campus, so it is perfect,” she said. “I am extremely close with her and Emma, so I am really looking forward to it. I can’t wait to help take care of Emma.”
CV-S went 14-3-1 in 2013 and made the Section Four Class D soccer championship. The Patriots lost to Milford 1-0 in four overtimes in the finals on Nov. 2, 2013.
In the first half of the game, Loucks had a goal disallowed in the first half on an off-sides call. At the team’s athletic banquet in June, a video of the play seemed to confirm the belief that she was really on-sides, but Loucks said it didn’t help her feel better about the call. But something else has helped, she said.
“It’s funny, but I got my certification to referee games,” she said. “I have been starting out with kids leagues, lower levels, and it has given me a whole new appreciation for the referees. I definitely see how easy it is to call the wrong call. If you are two steps behind the play, or have the wrong angle or are looking the wrong way, then you can miss something very easily. I said to myself, ‘now I know how that feels.’”
Loucks will begin practice next week. The Hornets first game is Aug. 27 when they host Finger Lakes Community College.