PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 18, 2014) – In advance of the 2014 season, ScarletKnights.com will bring you brief Q&As with all six newcomers of the Rutgers women’s soccer team. This installment features freshman forward Jessie Sexton (Marietta, Ga.).
#12 Jessie Sexton
Position: F | Height: 5-5
Prior to Rutgers: Played four years of varsity soccer at Allen C. Pope HS under coach Trey Daniel … rated a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com … led the team in scoring from 2011-13 while setting a new school record with 101 goals and 26 assists … guided her team to the GHAS AAAA Region 5 Championships and state quarterfinals from 2011-13 … ODP member since 2007 … competed for the ODP state team (2007-12), ODP Region III Camp (2008-11), ODP Region III Pool (2010-11) and ODP Region III International Team that played in Germany and France (2011) … was a member of the ODP National Championship team in 2012 … played club soccer for the Atlanta Fire United U-18 ECNL under head coach Demetrius Donald … won the Georgia State Championship with the Atlanta Fire United U-15 (2011).
Personal: Daughter of Larry and Susan Sexton … undecided on major … born on Nov. 19, 1995.
Scarletknights.com: Why did you choose Rutgers?
Jessie Sexton: I chose Rutgers because of the chemistry the team had. It was hard to find a group of girls that spent all this time together and still wanted to live together and spend even more time together. I just respected the way they treated each other. Also the coaching staff is great. Mike is an outstanding coach and knows what he’s talking about. Meg is also an outstanding coach and she went to Rutgers so she is able to relate to us. It’s kind of nice to have someone that’s been there, done that.
SK.com: What have your impressions been of your first preseason camp?
JS: I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but everything has been very put together and in the past two scrimmages we looked good. We’re learning from our mistakes and in Saturday’s scrimmage in the second half we came out and were able to adjust to what we were doing wrong and score four goals. It’s been a very successful preseason and I think it helps that everyone came in fit. We were able to focus on soccer rather than fitness.
SK.com: When did you first start playing soccer?
JS: I started playing soccer at five years old. I would always play soccer in the fall and then would come back to it in the summer.
SK.com: From a fan perspective, do you have a favorite player, club and national team that you root for?
JS: I love rooting for the U.S. Women’s National Team and also the U-20 and U-18 teams. It’s really cool because I’ve grown up with some of those girls so feels great to support them. My favorite professional team is Manchester United. I don’t really have a favorite player, I just watch the teams in general.
SK.com: Are you looking forward to your first year in school?
JS: I’m a little nervous for it. I came up and did summer school which I think was a lot more beneficial than staying at home. I kind of got a head start and I was able to get my gears going again. I’m still nervous about being so far away from home and trying to balance soccer and school, but I know that we have an amazing staff of people helping us get through all of that. I’m not too worried about it.
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