Jordyn Nadley Commits To Oberlin!
LA Bulls G02 Captain and midfielder Jordyn Nadley is the gear that keeps the offensive and defensive lines connected and moving smoothly; it's no wonder she is also a young woman who made her academic and athletic dream come true.
Nadley, whose favorite player is USWNT midfielder, Julie Ertz, began playing soccer at three-years-old, joined the Bulls in middle school, and dreamed of playing collegiate soccer. Today, we are extremely proud and excited for this So Cal player who will further her education at Oberlin College while playing for the Oberlin College Women's Soccer program.
We sat down with the soon-to-be YEOwoman to ask a few questions.
LA Bulls: Share a specific Bulls' moment or situation you can recall that will help you thrive on your new team.
JN: During the 2019 State Cup semifinal game, we were losing by 2 goals but we managed to come back, tying our opponent and forcing penalty kicks. With Sophie, a field player, in goal we won, leading us to compete for the championship. It was a defining moment for our team, as it demonstrated just how much we had developed from the previous season in terms of our never-give-up mentality and our ability to win. We showed great grit, unity, and determination.
Sadly, we were ultimately defeated in the championship match. Although I was beyond disappointed, it forced me to learn the importance of celebrating your accomplishments instead of dwelling on the negative. We are, in fact, the first LA Bulls Cal South State Cup finalist!
LA Bulls: Is there one piece of advice you received from your experience with the Bulls you will take with you as a collegiate student-athlete?
JN: I’ve learned the importance of being a leader both on and off the field. Whether it be cleanups on our adopted beach, volunteering at soccer camps, or traveling to Mazatlan to bring gear to impoverished kids, I’ve truly learned that being a leader transcends the pitch. Civic responsibility is a duty that we all must fulfill, and soccer is one avenue in which to achieve that goal.
LA Bulls: What was your attraction to Oberlin's soccer program?
JN: Both the coach (Coach Palmer) and the opportunity to start as a freshman attracted me to Oberlin's soccer program. When I visited, the players were also very welcoming and the athletic facilities were really nice. I was also looking for a smaller campus school in which I could thrive both academically and athletically.
LA Bulls: Have you decided on your major?
JN: I'm not completely sure about my major at the moment. However, I'm interested in studying political science or criminal justice/psychology.
LA Bulls: As a SoCal player, do you think adapting to a cold climate while playing will be challenging?
JN: I think it will definitely be an adjustment, but I wouldn't go as far as to say it'll be a challenge. Ever since I was younger, I've had an issue with playing in extreme heat, as I've come to learn I have fainting tendencies. In this sense, I actually think playing in the cold will be beneficial, as the weather won't negatively affect my performance. This is why I wanted to attend a college with cold weather in the first place.
LA Bulls: What do you think you'll miss most from your experience with the Bulls?
JN: I'm going to miss practicing and playing games with my teammates and the friendships I've built with them. I'm going to miss being a part of the Bulls family and the loving and supportive community built around the entire organization, as well as being coached by Mele.
LA Bulls: Favorites?
- TV Show (s): Friends, Criminal Minds, and Supernatural.
- Music Genre: Alternative/indie rock and pop music.
- Food: Sushi and Mexican food.