By Greg Avetisyan |Staff Writer|
Coyote’s Women Soccer goalkeeper and senior captain Chelsey Jones is halfway through her final season with the Coyotes.
Jones recently received her second California Collegiate Athletic Association player of the week honor after holding Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Los Angeles scoreless in 1-0 victories.
Furthermore, Jones now leads the CCAA with seven overall shutouts this season.
As a child, her parents called her the fire engine, because of how much energy she had, so family friends suggested to get Jones involved in sports.
That is when Jones’ journey began, starting with being a member of the undefeated Green Iguanas of the Hesperia Youth Soccer League.
Jones went on to play at Sultana High School. In her senior year the team won the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section championship.
Jones was awarded CIF Defensive Player of the year and second team all league honors.
She graduated in the top one percentile of her class and was awarded Valedictorian. Jones then received a Presidential Scholarship to attend CSUSB with no intent to play soccer.
“Everything that I’ve done in life has worked out, because I have persisted with it and have believed in myself the entire time,” said Jones.
In the Summer 2009, Jones tried out for the Coyote soccer team; at that time the team already had three other goalkeepers.
However coach Travis Clarke wanted Jones on the team as his fourth string goalkeeper because of her hard work and dedication. “Her tryout was so good, her attitude and how hard she worked, I just thought it would be infectious to the team,” said Clarke.
She went on to redshirt her first season playing no minutes, and very limited in her second year. “If you have a goal in your mind and you work hard you will reach that goal. Many times you will need to persevere through tough times in order to succeed,” said Jones.
In her third year, the team was struggling during the start of the season. Jones was inserted as the starting goalkeeper in an attempt to create a spark. She helped the team to the school record eight game unbeaten streak. “I got the opportunity and the chance to prove myself,” said Jones.
As a junior Jones was named CSUSB’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. “She went from a walk-on player to a scholarship player to possibly the best goalkeeper in this school history. It’s a remarkable story,” said Clarke.
Jones’s dedication and support from her family have been her motivation, as she gets ready to pursue her career in becoming an elementary school teacher.
This last year is bittersweet for Jones as her time playing for the Coyotes is coming to an end. Jones’ final home game as a Coyote is Friday Nov. 1 against Chico State University.
Jones commends her teammates, “This is the best team I have ever been a part of, thank you for giving me some of the best memories in my life,” said Jones.
Favorite food: Jalapeño Flamingo Roll from Rock and Roll Sushi
Favorite Ice Cream: Kirkland Vanilla ice cream with Hershey syrup on top
Favorite Show: “The Bachelor and The Bachelorette”
Favorite Movie: “Pitch Perfect”
Green Iguanas was her first Soccer team (they went undefeated)