Carolina Berryhill may be hanging up her Starkville Yellowjacket jersey after this season, but it will not be long before she dresses out in a new set of colors.
On Monday, the Lady Jacket soccer player signed a national letter of intent with Jones County Junior College.
The senior is excited about the opportunity to play for the Bobcats and coach Delores Deasley.
“They have a really good team and they went really far this year," Berryhill said.
Having played varsity soccer since 9th grade, Berryhill has always known she wanted to play college soccer, but it was not until a spring break that she knew it was right for her.
“When I went to visit Jones this spring break, I noticed I really wanted to go there,” Berryhill said. “They have a really good campus, a really good team and they know how to play soccer really well. I got to hang out with the girls one night. They were all really nice and get along really well so I know the team and I will be able to fit in really well with them.”
The JCJC signing comes as no surprise to the SHS girls soccer coach Anna Albritton who credits Berryhill’s hard work, but knows that playing for the Bobcats will only improve the senior’s game.
“She has worked hard,” Albritton said. “She has put in the time during the season and offseason to get better. They are getting a quality player. She has got a lot to learn. They are going to be able to teach her a lot and fine tune some of her skills.”
Berryhill, a four-year letterman for Starkville, signed with the Bobcats following an impressive career. During the 2010-2011 season, the midfielder/striker was selected as Team Most Valuable Player. The following year saw the senior chosen Offensive MVP, while also garnering All-Area Player honors in both 2011 and 2012.
Throughout her junior season, Berryhill scored 19 goals, picked up 12 assists and averaged 1.5 goals per game. Following that impressive year, MaxPreps picked Berryhill as its No. 23 overall player in 2012.
The 2012-2013 season may be her last in high school, but Berryhill has shown no signs of senioritis or slowing down. As of the Lady Jackets' last game on Nov. 27, Berryhill has already scored five goals and is looking to add to that as the season continues.
At JCJC, Berryhill will be joining an impressive program that was ranked as high as 14th nationally during the 2012 season. The Bobcats' top ranking came on the heels of a 13-1-1 season that saw the team claim the South Division Championship.
“We are obviously excited,” Deasley said. “This is our first player to come from Starkville High and this is our first time up here. We are really excited and obviously Carolina is a great player. She comes from a good family and I think she is going to do great things for us, so we are excited she has decided to join us this year."