The hallways of Savannah Christian Preparatory School are filled with students who are excelling in different areas well beyond their classroom, school and communities. One such eighth grade student at our Middle School, Mary Jane Meyer, has taken her love of soccer and combined it with a strong work ethic to compete on a the national stage this past December.
Mary Jane started as a midfielder on the Atlanta Metros FC U13 Super Y team that competed in the Super Y North American Nationals at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Her team finished 5th in the national Super Y regular play during the summer of 2015 and was one of 12 teams from her age bracket invited to play at the North American Nationals. Master Coach Ricky Clark served as the team’s coach. He is the Girls Director of Coaching for the Southern Soccer Academy Chelsea and the Director of Player Recruitment & Scouting for the Atlanta Silverbacks.
The Super Y North American Finals was a huge opportunity for Mary Jane. Not only did she play at the highest levels of club competitive soccer against girls from all around the United States and Canada, but she was also able to play for a Master Coach who was impressed with her play. Mary Jane also was able to participate in events meant to teach young players what is needed to compete in college. She was fortunate to meet the assistant coach of the University of Florida women’s team who taught the girls that attitude, adaptability and academics are just as important as athleticism.
Mary Jane started in all games and played for almost all of regulation play. Although she plays as a striker and attacking midfielder, she played in multiple positions because four key players on her team were unable to make the event. Although her team did not advance out of the group stage, the deciding game was against a New York team that went undefeated to the final game. Mary Jane’s team finished 7th in points.
Mary Jane has found a way to develop discipline, work ethic and maturity be competing at such an advanced level. The teachers and staff are extremely proud of this hard working student who excels in her 8th grade classes before taking on the soccer field!
Her father, Paul Meyer, as well as her mother, Jennifer Moore Meyer ’89 and brother, Harry ’18 are extremely proud of her efforts.