Paradise Valley resident ascends to play soccer at John Hopkins University

Jackie Tait, No. 12, Disney Soccer Showcase 2015, (submitted photo)

Jackie Tait, player #12, at the Disney Soccer Showcase 2015, (submitted photo)

Jacqueline “Jackie” Tait, a senior at Xavier College Preparatory has committed to play college soccer for the Johns Hopkins University Women’s Soccer Team this fall.

Ms. Tait’s performance on the field and in the classroom garnered the attention of over 80 colleges and universities. Her journey to college soccer at Johns Hopkins included a decorated 13 year soccer career, according to a press release.

Jackie Tait

Jackie Tait

Ms. Tait’s accomplishments with her team and Alastair Maxwell’s coaching at SC Del Sol Soccer Club include: 2015 silver medalists at the ESPN Disney Soccer Showcase; 2013 national champions, regional champions, and Arizona state champions at the USYS President’s Cup; and 2012 Arizona State Champions at the Mesa Patriots Cup and Soccer at the Summit.

Her SC Del Sol coach, Alastair Maxwell, also won national championships as a professional soccer player, winning the Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and other accolades during his 19 year professional career in Europe.

Ms. Tait currently plays as a starting forward in the Elite Clubs National League, for Phoenix based SC Del Sol Soccer Club. ECNL is the top youth female soccer development platform in the world and the most heavily scouted platform for college soccer, the release stated.

Ms. Tait’s successes do not stop when she leaves the soccer field. The 18-year-old Paradise Valley resident is a top academic performer and former valedictorian, graduating with honors, from Xavier College Preparatory.

Ms. Tait will major in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, and looks forward to a career in medical science focused on the brain. She also looks forward to being a championship contender at the collegiate level, playing soccer against some of the top colleges in the country.

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