WOMAN TO WATCH: Jaycie Johnson

Jaycie Johnson is a striker on Seattle Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League. Jaycie had a record breaking high school career playing at Lee’s Summit West High School and Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club. She scored 195 goals for Lee’s Summit West, earning all-state honors all four years, as well as 2012 NSCAA All-America and 2013 Gatorade Missouri Girls Soccer Player of the Year awards. Yes, 195 goals.

Jaycie went on to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. She continued her record breaking streak her freshman year in 2013, leading the team in goals (17) en route to Soccer America All-Freshman Team honors. In Nebraska’s NCAA first-round match, Johnson became the first freshman and only the fifth player in history to score four goals in an NCAA tournament match. Jaycie continued to have an impressive career for the remainder of her time at Nebraska (scoring 11 goals her sophomore and senior season), but was sidelined due to an ACL tear during her junior year season.

After graduating from Nebraska, Jaycie first got drafted to the North Carolina Courage. She missed the whole 2017 season due to another knee injury and in 2018 fought her way off the injured list to earn a spot on the first team roster of Seattle Reign FC. She also played on the US U23 National team in 2015.

Her numbers speak for themselves here, but even more impressive to me is the sheer resilience she has shown coming back from multiple knee injuries. I got to ask Jaycie a few questions about how soccer shaped her into the person she is, what it is like to be a professional athlete and her hopes for the future. You can read our conversation here.

Follow her on Instagram @jayciejohnson16