By J.W. Campbell, Sportswriter
Jordyn Besserman, a senior at Triad High School, recently signed a national letter of intent to attend Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina and play soccer for the Flying Fleet.
Besserman said that the Division II school contacted her after seeing her play in a showcase event in Florida.
“I’m very excited about continuing my soccer career at the college level,” Besserman said. Erskine has a reserve varsity team as well as a varsity squad. They plan on using me as center midfielder at the varsity level.”
Besserman said she chose Erskine over a number of other schools, including the University of Arkansas, Lynn University in Florida, the University of Southern Florida and Stephens College in Missouri.
While she had the opportunity to play at a Division I school, she decided to avoid the stress of the higher level.
“I plan on doing a pre-med program, which will be difficult enough without the added demands of a DI program,” Besserman said. “Eventually, I want to be an orthopedic surgeon. Having grown up being a soccer player, I’ve seen how often an ACL has interrupted or ruined someone’s athletic career. I want to be able to fix that for other athletes.”
As a junior in 2018, Besserman scored six goals and distributed eight assists for the Lady Knights.
“Jordyn Besserman brings a lot of firepower to the table for us,” Triad Coach Matt Bettlach said. “She’s started for us for the last couple of years. She’s very tactical, she’s very technical and she can find the back of the net. She’s also has a great ability to beat players on the wing and get crosses in. She’s a player that loves to dish and be the assist maker, but is also not afraid to be the hero.”
Playing in Conference Carolina last fall, the Flying Fleet went 5-5-1. Overall, Erskine went 6-10-1 for Coach Robin Smith.
Besserman is the daughter of Jason and Monica Besserman.