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Davidson nearing biggest finish

Women's Soccer

Vanguard All-American forward leads Lions into NAIA women's soccer tournament while working to graduate in May.

November 21, 2013|By Barry Faulkner
  • Vanguard University forward Jordan Davidson (4) was recenlty named Golden State Athletic Conference co-Player of the Year.
Vanguard University forward Jordan Davidson (4) was… (Courtesy of Vanguard…)

Jordan Davidson is a finisher. Whether on the business end of a cross, a through ball, a corner kick or a rebound, the speedy 5-foot-2 Vanguard University women's soccer forward has deposited 29 goals into the net in two years with the Lions.

She scored 28 in two seasons at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona.

A conference player of the year and a first-team junior college All-American, she has twice been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year and is a virtual lock to repeat the first-team All-American recognition this year that she received as a junior.

But all that is just newspaper clippings. Dig a little deeper and adversity more imposing than a swarm of defenders has aligned to impede her progress toward her most notable finish: graduating with a bachelor's degree in May.

It all began, well, at the finish; the finish of a sterling prep career at Mountain View High in Tucson, Ariz.

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"Playing Division I was always the picture my club coaches put in my head," Davidson said. "But in the end, it came down to Division II Cal State Dominguez Hills or Paradise Valley Community College. It was something me and my mom struggled with."

Davidson said her mother, Shannon, who had raised her and her two brothers after separating from Jordan's father when Jordan was 1 (a younger sister now lives with her father, John, in Michigan), was disappointed that five years of club soccer, solid grades, and a strong high school career would amount to her daughter playing at a community college.

Davidson said the decision to go to Paradise Valley became contentious and "my whole family basically ganged up on me."

So, Davidson said she packed up and moved out, determined to make it through school and on the pitch all on her own.

It is a task she is proud to report she will finish, though the last four years have not been without tumult.

"I worked full-time as a waitress at a sports bar restaurant while I was going to school in Phoenix," Davidson said.

And when it came time to choose a four-year school, Davidson found herself battling another conflict.

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