By Doug Gorman
Tonight, Jonesboro High School senior soccer player Jessica Harrelson will take the field with her teammates for a region playoff game at home against South Atlanta High School.
It's the Lady Cardinals' reward for a successful season. No matter how far the Lady Cardinals progress in the postseason, Harrelson's soccer career is far from over once her final high school campaign ends.
Tuesday morning in a signing ceremony in the Jonesboro High School media center, Harrelson secured her academic and athletic future by signing
a scholarship to play for Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland.
Harrelson began playing soccer as a 9-year-old and has been a four-year member of the Lady Cardinals.
She has also played with club teams throughout the Southern Crescent.
The Lady Cardinals' midfielder has played the game long enough to generate plenty of memories, but her fondest was last year's first-round win against Jenkins in the state playoffs.
"That was really exciting," she said. "Making state is always the goal."
Jonesboro coach Matt Trucks said Harrelson brings plenty of talent to the team.
"She adds so much to our program," he said. "She is a hard worker and now she has a chance to play at the next level. Hopefully, some of our younger players will follow her example."
Truett-McConnell coach Scott Borchers began recruiting Harrelson earlier this year.
"She has great technical ability, he said.
"You can tell she loves the game, and she is going to do a good job playing at the next level."