Name: Jessica Austell
Position: Right back
Junior Jessica Austell is entering her third year as a member of the Wesleyan College soccer team and has been named a captain heading into the 2016 campaign. As a captain, her main focus off the field will be developing and maintaining relationships with recruits that visit campus.
Coach Hightower has been very impressed with Austell's development as both a player and a leader since coming to Wesleyan, stating, ""While Jessica will remain a key component in our defensive back line, we will look to add her into the offensive mix more this season. She has shown us her ability to make runs, and she has developed a shot that is difficult for most goalkeepers to handle. She has proven herself to be a great leader, hence the nod as one of this year's captains, but her leadership extends beyond the field. She's an excellent student as well, and we expect big things from her this season.""
1) Why did you choose to attend Wesleyan College?
In all honesty, I wasn't active in pursuing colleges during my senior year of high school. So when Coach Hightower approached me and my best friend, Katie Tanner, about playing soccer for Wesleyan, I figured, ""Why not?"" But now that I'm here, I know I wouldn't have chosen any other school. The small student body and close proximity to my home are really great qualities, and the care of the professors truly make this college unique.