Mustang native Alissa Jones has career season for Troy women’s soccer

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

From the time she was the ripe young age of 3 years old, Mustang native Alissa Jones knew exactly what she wanted to do, and that was play soccer.

Jones starting playing the sport she loved when she was 3, and her father, Sean, began coaching her. She had an older brother, Jacob, who was just 18 months older, so like any other younger sister, she wanted to be with her brother at all times doing exactly what he was doing.Alissa Jones Mug

“I really looked up to my big brother,” Jones said. “I started wanting to do everything he wanted to do. When he started playing football, I wanted to play football, when he wrestled, I wanted to wrestle.”

Jones found one thing she could do with her brother and his friends all the time, and that one thing was soccer.

“The only sport that I could play that was just like my brother was soccer,” Jones said. “So that was a way I could go out in the yard and get to play with his friends and get to be a part of them. We played outside all the time, we had two big goals in our backyard. It was my dream to get to go play in college when I was younger. Ever since I was younger it’s been a goal.”Alissa Jones One

As she continued to get older and grow, it became more and more evident that soccer was not going to be just a hobby for Jones. Her talent quickly began to show itself and by the age of 10, she was playing competitively for the Edmond Soccer Club ’93 team, where she would continue to play throughout her high school career, even when Edmond Soccer Club transitioned to Oklahoma Futbol Club when she was 17.

Jones also played in the Olympic Development Program growing up. She played for the Oklahoma ’92 state team and for the Oklahoma Alliance WPSL (Women’s Professional Soccer League) team as an amateur.Alissa Jones and Jaci Jones

In high school, Jones was a four-year starter and a star for the Lady Broncos soccer program. Jones scored 40 goals in her career with Mustang as a midfielder. As a senior, she was named first-team All-State, first-team All-District, first-team All-Area, first-team All-Region and first-team All-Metro. Jones was also named the state’s Offensive Player of the Year her senior season.

On top of all of her soccer accomplishments, Jones found time to be a part of Mustang’s cross country and swimming teams.

The soccer phenom graduated from Mustang High School in 2011 and it was time to take her talents to the next level.Alissa Jones Two

Jones signed to play for Troy University in Troy, Ala., of the Sunbelt Conference. She started immediately as a freshman for the Trojans as a midfielder in all 20 games in the fall of 2011. She had seven goals and two assists in her freshman campaign.

As a sophomore, Jones played in 18 games for the Troy women’s soccer team and started in 17 of those matches. She had one goal in her second year.

After not playing in 2013, Jones returned to the field for Troy this past fall as a junior and had a year to remember. She switched positions from midfield to forward, which would end up being one of the best moves of her young career.

Jones started in all 22 games in 2014 for Troy and led the team with 12 goals, including seven game-winning goals, which tied her for third most in the nation. She also had 10 assists this past season for the Trojan women. Jones scored two goals twice this season, once against Alabama State and the other against Arkansas State.

The Mustang native attempted 4.32 shots on goal per game, which led her team in 2014.

Jones’ accomplishments on the field this past fall earned her first-team All-Conference honors and first-team NSCAA All-South Region. She was the only women’s soccer player from the Sunbelt Conference to be named to the All-South Region first team.

The Troy junior was also named fourth-team All-American and was rated as one of the Top 100 women’s soccer players in the nation following her successful 2014 season.

As a team, the Trojan women had their best season since Jones has been on campus. Troy had a record of 16-6 overall and 6-3 in the SBC. Their season came to an end in the Sunbelt Conference title game against South Alabama in a 1-0 loss.

Going into her senior season next fall, Jones said she has big goals and dreams she would like to accomplish both personally and as a team.

“Personally, I want to be a first-team All-American,” Jones said. “Whenever I first set out and started all this, that was one of the goals my dad and I talked about. At first, it didn’t feel like it was attainable, but now that it’s so close, I feel like it’s one thing I can accomplish. I have eight months to get ready for my last season.

“Playing in the NCAA Tournament is a huge goal as well, that’s something I’ve wanted to do since my freshman year in high school. As far as team goals, I’d like us to win our conference. Hopefully we can win a couple of games in the conference tournament and make it to the NCAA Tournament.”

Jones’ father, Sean, is the owner of the Oklahoma City FC professional soccer franchise. He started the club so his daughter would have a team to play for during the summers instead of having to stay at her school and work out all summer.

“Having a dad that owns a professional soccer team is really neat,” Jones said. “When we were younger, I never would have dreamed that he would own anything like that, but he started getting into it to give me a place to play when I come home for the summer.”

Jones plays for the Oklahoma City FC when she is back in Oklahoma for the summers. She plays with other women’s college soccer players who are back for the summer so they can stay in shape and work on the things they need to work on for their next college season.

They play as amateurs and do not get paid to play for the Oklahoma City FC.

Following her college years, Jones said she has dreams of playing professionally either here in the United States or overseas in Europe.

“I would like to go overseas and play in Spain, Switzerland or Germany for as long as I can,” Jones said. “My goalkeeper coach at Troy played over there and said I can play over there. I have to get an agent after next season and start the process. Hopefully at worst, they pay for me to fly overseas and try out.”

On top of playing soccer, Jones is majoring in social sciences and business at Troy University. Once her soccer career is completed, Jones said she wants to come back to the Oklahoma City area and open her own clothing boutique and sell clothes and makeup.

Jones has three younger sisters, Lexi, Jaci and Katie, who are all involved in soccer. Lexi is a freshman soccer player at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and Jaci is a junior at Mustang High School and is widely considered to be one of the best high school soccer players in Oklahoma.

“Our dad played in college, so playing soccer was something we had with our dad,” Jones said. “The older we got and the better we got, we would play a lot more. We would pick on Jaci a lot, so that’s probably why she is so good now. I would get up early a lot and go work out and I think they would see that and want to do it as well.”

Fun facts

In her free time, Jones said she enjoys cooking from scratch and playing video games. Her favorite video games to play are FIFA and Call of Duty. She said she also enjoys playing Mario Cart on Nintendo 64.

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