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Colleton County’s Jenny Beebe is joined by Danny Wiggins, CCHS head girls soccer coach Lauren Townsend, USC Salkehatchie head coach Bill Glass, her mother, Janet and CCHS athletic director Lorraine Browning Thursday as she signs to play college soccer for the Indians.
Moments after signing to play collegiate soccer for the Indians Thursday in the Colleton County High School Media Center, Jenny Beebe walked up to USC Salkehatchie head soccer coach Bill Glass and gave him a hug. That embrace was Beebe’s way of thanking Glass one more time for the opportunity to continue playing the sports she’s cherished since she was a little girl.
“I’ve loved soccer ever since I was seven years old,” Beebe explained when asked what the opportunity play college soccer meant to her. “I’ve been playing for 11 years, so this really means a lot to me.”Beebe, who says she’s played every position on the field in her career except goalie, primarily saw time playing forward and midfielder for CCHS in 2013, helping to lead the team to its most successful season ever with a 10-7 record and the program’s first playoff appearance. Lauren Townsend, Colleton County’s head coach, says Beebe will be a strong addition for the Indians because of her willingness and ability to contribute anywhere on the field the way she has throughout her career.
“Jenny is going to be a great asset to USC Salkehatchie,” Townsend said. “She can play any position you ask her to play whenever you need her to do so. Being a versatile player like that is extremely important. She would be a huge bonus to any team.”Beebe’s versatility has Glass reserving judgment on which position he’ll ask her to play until he sees her in practices and workouts over the summer and into the fall. In the meantime, Glass says, he just excited about the quality of player he feels he’s getting with Beebe. “Jenny is an advanced soccer player with good skills, good soccer intelligence and good soccer athleticism,” Glass said. “Also, if you watch her on the field, you can see the passion she has for the game of soccer. She’s totally committed every second that she’s out on the field, and that’s the kind of player we look for.”
Beebe, who plans to pursue a veterinary technician’s certification after her two years at Salkehatchie, says she’s looking forward to being part of her new team.“I think this is going to be a good opportunity to play with new people from different places,” Beebe said. “I like to work with people, so hopefully I can be a good teammate and help them be successful.”