Argos soccer’s Patterson to play for DIII Trine
ARGOS — Argos striker Jami Patterson will play for an Indiana Soccer Hall of Famer at Trine University next year.
Patterson, a four-year standout with the Lady Dragons, has committed to play for the NCAA Division III Thunder under head coach Terry Stefankiewicz, a 2004 Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame inductee who coached previously at St. Francis and IPFW. He played at Indiana University for coach Jerry Yeagley.
Patterson, a senior at Argos High School, led the Dragons to the Class A northern semistate for the second straight year this past season with a team-high 22 goals. A forward, she scored 59 career goals to finish fourth on Argos’ all-time scoring list. She was also 12th on the career assist list for the Dragons.
“One of the great things about having a player four years is seeing them grow,” Argos Coach Jon Alcorn said. “She had a breakout year as a junior and gained a ton of confidence. So as a senior, while she was still our leading scorer, she was ready for a variety of roles. As a captain, she found younger players to mentor. She worked hard to be a distributor during games, and bring others along. Despite not being tall, she tried to make those pretty plays in soccer—headers, bicycle kicks, great passing. Her vision of the field and coolness under pressure will be an asset to Trine as they work on building their program.”
During Patterson’s four years on the varsity, the Lady Dragons won the Northern Indiana Soccer Conference three times (finishing second once), won two IHSAA Regionals, and went 48-25-4.
Patterson many honors include: First Team All-Conference (twice), Offense Award (three), MVP, ISCA All-District (twice), ISCA All-State HM, and ICGSA First Team All-State.
Trine University, located in Angola is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), which is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference.
Patterson is the daughter of Ray Patterson and Patti Patterson-Layer (Gary).