Player Profile: Jacob Jones
Born and raised in Litchfield, Illinois, Jacob Jones is a 5’10″ junior at GC and a member of the Greenville Men’s soccer team. Jacob took some time out of his day to discuss a little about soccer and his life. Jones has been playing for Greenville College and varsity head coach Chris Swift for the last three seasons. Jones made the varsity team in 2013 as a freshman and mostly came off the bench with limited minutes. That season was a success and they made it to semifinals of the SLIAC conference tournament but suffered a loss to Westminster that ended their season. Greenville finished 6-10-4, and in conference 5-3-1.
During his sophomore year, Jones worked hard in the offseason and gained more playing time throughout the season than he did his freshmen year. Then the Greenville team suffered an accumulation of injuries, which provided Jones with a starting position. The 2014 season was a rebuilding year for the Panthers and they grew as a team. Last season, his fellow teammates had a disappointing season and did not make the SLIAC tournament in the 2014 season. They finished 10-8-1, and in conference 6-3. In the 2015 Greenville Men’s Soccer season, the Panthers had a terrific year finishing with an even record of 10-10, and 7-2 in conference play. Jones played on and off this year with limited playing time. However, Jones had a magical game where he hit a game-winning goal against Principia College beating them 1-0 in a dramatic finish to help lift the Panthers to win. The match against Principia was a crucial must win for Greenville College and their chances to make it to the SLIAC conference tournament. If Jones did not hit that shot, it would have been a lot less likely for the team to be eligible. The season ended harshly as Greenville lost in the first round of the SLIAC tournament against the Webster University Gorlocks.
Jacob Jones has had success as a soccer player from his freshmen season to junior season. As a junior going into the off-season, Jones is one of the leaders on the team that will lead the underclassmen in the next season of 2016. The 2015 team lost quality seniors this year and their roles will need to be filled if the Panthers want to be successful. Below is a Q&A with Jacob Jones about life and soccer. Most importantly, he shares his favorite soccer player of all time, favorite candy bar, and even somebody he looks up to. Can’t miss it!