Claremont soccer star Sophie Jones commits to Arizona

Claremont sophomore soccer standout Sophie Jones made a verbal commitment to the University of Arizona over the weekend.

She has always wanted to play in the Pac-12 so when that school offered, she saw no need to look elsewhere.

Jones  visited the school before the season started and also took an unofficial trip to Long Beach State. She also had some discussions with UCLA.

“I always wanted to play in the Pac-12 and it’s a place I think I can go in there and play right away. I really don’t want to red-shirt.”

Jones said one of the reasons she didn’t consider UCLA a little more thoroughly is the caliber of players there, many in the Olympic pool, would make it harder to get on the field soon.

She also liked what she saw with the University of Arizona located in Tucson.

“I like how the university there is the center of everything,” she said. “They really make it special to be a student-athlete there I think it will be a lot of fun.”

Jones said she really didn’t want to wait to see what other offers might come her way because spots at the premier schools fill up quickly. Since she saw a school she liked she saw no need to wait.

Jones was the leading scorer for the Wolfpack (25-4-2) last season with 23 goals and 10 assists, helping her team to the Division 3 Southern Section title game as well as a berth in the Southern California Regional final. She was a first-team All-CIF selection.

One of her goals came in the closing seconds of the Southern California regional final against Our Lady of Peace and sent the Wolfpack into the So Cal championship game.


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