Jade is proving a soccer success in America

Jade Pennock, Pontefract footballer doing well in American college footballer
Jade Pennock, Pontefract footballer doing well in American college footballer

A talented young Pontefract footballer is making a name for herself on the other side of the Atlantic in the competitive world of American ladies college football.

Midfielder Jade Pennock has become the first player to win a major Peach Belt Conference honour in the same year as being named the conference’s young player of the year.

The England youth capped youngster moved to the USA when aged 18 in 2011 to begin an academic and playing career with Montevallo University, in Alabama, and has proved a big hit in her first season in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II.

Jade was named co-Freshman of the Year for her league and also doubled up by being selected in the end of season All-Region select team.

The former Castleford White rose junior and Leeds United ladies player started in all 18 games played by Montevallo and led the team in assists while also scoring five goals from midfield.

Jade scored twice in her first collegiate game against Barry, including netting the winner, and her other three goals came against Peach Belt Conference opponents Georgia Southwestern State, Georgia College and young Harris College.

Playing in the USA where ladies football is at its strongest has seen Jade realise her dream, which started when she began with the Castleford White Rose club aged just seven. After winning several awards and scoring 96 goals in one season she was signed by Leeds United Ladies juniors and rose through the ranks at the club to play at first team level before the move to America.