PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (from UNBC Timberwolves) — The University of Northern British Columbia Women’s soccer team has added significant speed and goal-scoring, announcing the commitment of Sofia Jones for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.
A native of San Francisco, Jones came to UNBC for a visit over the winter, and said her time spent with the Timberwolves was influential in her decision to join UNBC.
“The playing environment is awesome. Everyone is so nice, the technique is really strong, and it’s just fun here. They’re really good players, which was awesome to see.”
Jones is entering her second year of eligibility after playing her freshman season with City College of San Francisco. In 20 games, Jones scored 17 times to lead the Rams to a 15-3-2 record. TWolves coach, Neil Sedgwick, said her raw abilities will be a huge asset to his side.
“She’s a solid attacking player and I think she will add a different dimension to our team next year. She could end up in the midfield because she has a great soccer mind. She also has some great attacking attributes and some great finish around the goal, so we are certainly hoping she brings that to the table.”
Jones also paced CCSF in points with 42, which was a big breakthrough, considering it was her first full season playing forward.
“I used to be a defender, but my coach helped me a lot. I use my speed a lot because I am pretty fast. I like to try to get behind the defense, so I hope to bring that to the team.”
At 18, Jones will make the trek north for the remainder of her university career. She cites the visit to UNBC and the Northern Sport Centre, as well as her interactions with the Timberwolves as a refreshing experience.
“I’ve lived in the city my entire life, so it is definitely interesting to see a different type of lifestyle. It was a ‘wow’ moment arriving on campus. It was really nice to be able to walk around and feel a part of nature.”
Sedgwick points to Jones’ willingness to compete and learn as positives for her growth, and the growth of the Timberwolves.
“She is a soccer junkie. She absolutely loves the game, and the girls thought she was wonderful. Spending a couple days with her, we really saw her maturity and how much she wants to contribute to the program and to the university. I think this is a great fit.”
A graduate of Albany High School in the Bay Area, Jones will join her Timberwolves teammates this summer in preparation for the upcoming Canada West season. With UNBC coming off the first conference playoff appearance in team history, she hopes to help build the TWolves into a perennial contender.
“Many of the players are young, and that means we are going to continue to get better in the future. To be able to make that progress so quickly is exciting. I want my shot to get better, I want to play faster, and play with my new teammates.”