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Nakasone siblings WJU soccer stars

By: Russ Edmondson News Messenger Sports Editor
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Lincoln High graduates Jordan and Chelsie Nakasone are both starting soccer players for William Jessup University this fall. Jordan graduated from Lincoln in 2007 while Chelsie graduated in June. Jordan attended Masters College in Southern California for two years before starting at William Jessup in Rocklin this fall. Both live with their parents in Lincoln. Chelsie is starting as the center midfielder and has scored the lone goal this season for Jessup (0-3). She has enjoyed playing soccer with and being around her brother, she said. “I love it. I was really glad that he decided to go to Jessup with me and we are really, really close,” Chelsie said. “It had been a few years since we had been to school together. We trained together and pushed each other over the summer and that was really, really good. We played soccer a lot out of practice and we both know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. And Jordan has had the experience of playing in college.” Jordan is also enjoying the experience of attending college with Chelsie “Our games are usually right after another so I can see her and she can watch me,” said Jordan, who starts at defender for Jessup. “It’s been exciting having her around and we can car pool . . . We have lunch together and go to chapel together sometimes.” Jordan was a four-year varsity soccer player at Lincoln and was named All-Pioneer Valley League twice. He helped the Zebras win the Sac-Joaquin Section, Division IV championship during his senior year. He was also a four-year varsity wrestler for the Zebras, becoming PVL champion twice and the DIV champion once. He graduated with a 4.2 G.P.A. “Obviously, some financial issues were part of (transferring from Masters College to William Jessup) but there were multiple reasons,” Jordan said. “I wanted to live closer to home and work year round and coach. I’m an English major and I want to teach high school and coach soccer and wrestling. And I want to get some experience doing that. And also living at home and saving money.” Jordan got some coaching experience over the summer, helping out Lincoln wrestling coach Mike Maul with wrestling camps. Jordan played soccer for Masters last year, after not playing in 2007. “It was an adjustment for me playing at the college level but, as a team, we did well and made the semifinals in the conference,” Jordan said. “I think I have improved and am still improving. There are still some things I want to work on. I just want to be able to strive for excellence and, even if I think I’m where I want to be, I still want to try and do better.” Jessup’s men are 1-3 so far, beating Corban College 2-1 but falling to CSU East Bay 2-0, Humboldt State 3-0 and Hope International University 4-1. The Warriors will play in an alumni game at 11 a.m. Saturday and visit Sacramento State at 4 p.m. Sept. 25. “It’s been a rough start at first but we have been playing a lot of harder teams as far as size . . . and I am excited about how I see things going,” Jordan said. “The team has improved a lot from what I have heard about last year. Now we have the ability to beat these teams that are quote-unquote better than us. At least we are at that level, we know we can play with them.” Jordan has impressed Jessup head coach Micah Howser. “Jordan is a huge asset to our squad. He is like the energizer bunny in terms of endurance, he just keeps going,” Howser said. “He plays like a six-foot, 200-pounder but he is probably barely 150 pounds. He has helped out our defense immensely.” Chelsie was a three-year varsity player at Lincoln and was All-PVL twice. She also led the team in scoring for two seasons and finished with a 4.5 G.P.A. Her first pick for college was Master’s College but that was too expensive “(Jessup coach) Jamie (Howard) has been going to my high school games since I was a freshman and always talking to my dad that they could really use me on the team,” Chelsie said. “My senior year came around and I went to Jessup to try out and it was really fun but I was still weighing my options . . . I wanted to go to school at Masters College. But as it turns out I wasn’t able to because it was too expensive. But (Jessup) is close to home and I wanted to live at home my first year.” Howard is thrilled about having Chelsie on her squad. “I can’t say enough good things about Chelsie. She is an amazing player, person and student. We are extremely lucky to have Chelsie on our team and at WJU,” Howard said. “She has started every game so far and scored the tying goal to put the game into overtime against No. 13, nationally ranked Master’s College. At the center midfield position, Chelsie does an outstanding job. She is also extremely coachable.” Jessup’s first game was against Master’s College and she scored during the 2-1 loss in overtime. “It was really weird (playing Masters), I know the girls on the team and they knew I wasn’t able to afford it,” Chelsie said. “They were a really good team but we played really well.” Jessup won the Cal Pac Conference last year and is 0-3 so far this season. Other than the loss to Masters, Jessup has also lost 1-0 to Corban College and Hope International University. The Warriors will play at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. today, visit Northeast Christian University in Eugene on Saturday and then return home for a match Tuesday at 3 p.m. against the Oregon Institute of Technology. Chelsie, who said she “thanks God for all the abilities” she has, also wants to teach when she is out of college. “I’m thinking third-grade or high school science because I love biology,” Chelsie said.