Loras College women’s soccer senior Brynn Jacobi (’21), a standout throughout her career as a Duhawk, has secured a roster spot on MSC Peoria, one of the newest members of United Women’s Soccer (UWS) and become the first member of the women’s program to sign to a semi-professional team. UWS is a national pro-am league composed of professionally operated clubs within the United States and Canada, providing high level competition for college players, aspiring and former professionals, and international stars.
“I had considered the chance to play soccer at a level beyond college a dream throughout my life. As I got older, I was not sure I would have that chance,” said Jacobi. “After everything that happened with COVID-19 over the past year, I lost the chance to play my club season in the summer and the college fall season was moved to the spring. I do not want my career to come to an end when I graduate college—I want to play competitive soccer as long as I can–and this opportunity allows me to develop as a player beyond college.”
Jacobi, a native of Roscoe, Ill. majoring in math and secondary education, has compiled an impressive resume as a Duhawk. She has 24 goals and 57 points in her career and is a three-time American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) All-Academic honoree. In 2019, she scored in all but three games and had a season-best two goals in the team’s win against Coe College on Sept. 28 and against the University of Dubuque on Oct. 23. She was the A-R-C Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference selection and was voted a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree in addition to earning United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-Region, Academic All-Region, and Scholar All-America awards.
The UWS started in 2016 primarily on the East coast and has since expanded to include West, Central, Southeast, Southwest, and Midwest regions. A tier-2 league, UWS bridges the gap between college and professional soccer, with tier-1 being the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). MSC Peoria joined the league’s 33 teams in February of 2020. The inaugural head coach of MSC Peoria will be Son Phan and he will be assisted by Malorie Fehl, the current assistant at Illinois College. The coaching staff has thirty years of combined experience.
The 2021 UWS season is scheduled to start in May and will play games throughout the summer. Jacobi will use her experience with MSC Peoria to continue developing her competitive mindset before returning for her fifth-year at Loras in the fall to complete her degree and have one more season with the Duhawks. Loras’ 2020 spring season is set to begin March 27 with a home game against Nebraska Wesleyan University.